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How much will it cost?

Web-based legal document providers can help you draw up a basic will for less than a hundred bucks - but such services typically are appropriate only if your finances are very simple.

Attorneys generally cost hundreds of dollars per hour, so if you go that route you should be prepared to spend a thousand dollars or more. While that cost may seem high, a properly designed will and estate plan may pay for itself by helping reduce taxes and other costs.