Wills for Native Americans

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Find a free do-it-yourself will for Native Americans as well as helpful articles and other resources related to wills for Native Americans by following the links below.

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American Indian Probate Reform Act: 14 Fact Sheets from the MSU Extension Service

A link to 14 fact sheets about the AIPRA and how it affects trust landowners.

Information about Trust Lands

Articles about the importance of estate planning for trust lands and rights of way on Indian land.

Understanding the American Indian Probate Reform Act (AIPR) of 2004

How trust land passes when a loved one dies and why it is important to write a will.

Estate Planning Options

A chart that shows estate planning options under the American Indian Probate Reform Act.

How Your Individual Indian Money Account Will Be Divided Without A Will

Information about what will happen to your Individual Indian Money Account if you die without a will.

Information for Individual Indian Money Account Holders about the Cobell vs. Salazar Settlement

Information about the settlement of the trust fund case brought for Individual Indian Money (IIM) Account Holders. Includes a way to register to get information from the government about your IIM and whether you are affected by the settlement.

Will-in-a-Box (Do-It-Yourself Indian Will for Native Americans)

You can use the free interactive Will-in-a-Box to create an Indian Will that will say who should get your personal property, real estate, and Indian trust land after you pass. The interactive program fills out an Indian Will based on the answers you give in an online interview. The Will is only valid once you properly sign it.

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