Legally valid wills, with a price set by you

Cake helps you create an affordable will, step-by-step. Our suggested price is $96, but we allow you to set the price that works for your budget.

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Here's what we’ll go through…

It takes most people 10-15 minutes to complete. You can save and come back to it at any time. Have questions? Check out our FAQs.

1. Complete each section of your will

Fill out your personal information, dependents, distribution, and executors.

2. Review

Ensure everything looks correct and your wishes are described the way you wanted.

3. Download your will

You're all done! Now you can download or print your will. (We include a guide on how to make it legally valid.)

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Online Will FAQs

Everyone can benefit from creating a will, regardless of your financial situation. Creating a will ensures that loved ones know what to do with your estate (money and property), and it lets you decide where your property goes (instead of leaving it to the government to decide). A will can also save loved ones from dealing with the stressful, expensive process of intestate probate proceedings (aka the legal mess that occurs when there is no will).

An online will-maker is a quick and affordable way to create a legal will, but we’ll be the first to acknowledge it’s not for everyone.

An online will is great if your situation is rather simple and straightforward.

It’s also a smart way to get something official in place as a stopgap before working with an attorney.

You may want to seek the advice of an attorney if you have a large estate, a complicated family situation, dependents with special needs, you or your spouse is not a US citizen, or you want to set up a trust. An attorney is best suited to help you navigate complex tax laws and add extra protections if you are worried someone might contest your will.

Contrary to popular belief, you do not need to hire an attorney to create a legally valid will. While attorneys can be helpful in crafting a will, especially if your situation is complex, they are not your only option. Online wills and even hand-written wills can stand up in court as long as they're properly crafted and signed in accordance with the requirements in your state.

For most states, what makes a will legally valid is expressing your intent in writing and signing and dating the document: usually signing in front of two or three witnesses who are not your family members or beneficiaries. These witnesses go on record stating that you have the required mental state to sign the will and that no one was forcing you to do it.

Cake's Will Maker tool will help you create a will that reflects your wishes, but you will have to print it and have it signed in accordance with your state's laws. We provide a guide on how to do this in your downloaded file.

You must have a U.S. residential address to create a will on Cake. If you are not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident (a "green card holder"), the amount that you can pass to others at death without incurring estate taxes is substantially reduced. You may want to consult an attorney for additional support.

Yes — as with any will, it is legally valid as soon as you sign it in front of witnesses in accordance with the laws in your state of residence. Usually this means having two witnesses who are not beneficiaries of your estate.

Cake's Will Maker tool will help you create a will that reflects your wishes, but you will have to print it and have it signed in accordance with your state's laws. We provide a guide on how to do this in your downloaded file.

Make your online will legal by printing it and physically signing it in accordance with the laws in your state.

Having your will notarized is usually not required but makes your will harder to challenge in court.  Notarization also makes it less likely that the witnesses would need to appear in court if the will were challenged. (Note that even if you get your will notarized, you still need witnesses to sign it who are not the notary and not beneficiaries of the will.)

We believe that everyone should have a will, which means making it affordable. While our will is normally $96, we allow you to choose the price you want to pay at the checkout screen. We encourage you to choose the price that works best for you and your family.

Starting a will with Cake allows you to create and download your official will, as well as make updates whenever you need, so long as your account is still active.

It takes most users 10 to 20 minutes to create their will with Cake. This can vary if you haven’t yet thought about how you want to distribute your estate or who should care for your dependents.

At Cake, we take security and privacy very seriously. We are HIPAA compliant, employ bank-level security, and all your data is protected in transit and at rest with 256-bit AES encryption and 2048-bit certificates.

Your will is only visible to you and anyone with whom you actively choose to share it.

Cake does not sell or share personally identifiable information (PII) with any 3rd party. We are committed to protecting your privacy and security, as outlined in our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.

Cake makes it easy to update your will whenever you choose.

It’s always a good idea to review and update your will if any of the following changes occur:

  • Your financial circumstances change (positively or negatively)
  • You have a new child
  • You get married or divorced
  • Tax laws change
  • Your executor or a beneficiary dies
  • You lost your will
  • You want to add or change a beneficiary

Absolutely! Create a new will with Cake and then destroy your earlier version so there is no confusion as to which is your most up-to-date will.

You can write a will for someone else so long as it accurately reflects his or her wishes.  Be cautious when writing a will for someone else that includes you as a beneficiary.  In many states, if you draft a will for someone that says to give you any property, you completely forfeit your ability to receive that property.  In short, it’s best to avoid writing any will that includes yourself as a beneficiary.

Every state has its own “rules of intestacy” — a set of defaults for what happens to someone’s property when they die without a will (i.e., “intestate”).  There are also rules for who serves as personal representative when there is no will.  

In general, the property will pass to your closest living relatives (defined differently in each state) and your closest living relative will have priority for appointment as your personal representative.

Many people do not want their property to pass to the state’s version of your closest relative.  In addition, the probate process is usually more time-consuming when someone dies without a will and sometimes involves: the requirement that the personal representative buy private insurance to cover himself or herself from liability; a second separate probate process to sell real estate; and more stringent accounting requirements. That’s why it’s best to create a will and spare loved ones added burden.

You can request a refund within 30 days of purchasing the Will Maker.

To request a refund, contact us ( and include the following:

  • Full name
  • Email address associated with your account
  • Date of purchase
  • Detailed explanation for why you are requesting a refund

Please note that after processing your refund, it takes 5-10 days for your refund to be transferred back to you.

Create a FREE Cake account to get started!

Using the Will Maker will automatically create an account with Cake, so you can always come back to update your will. With a Cake account, you’ll also have access to other tools & features.

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