Quicken WillMaker Plus 2009
2009 / Nolo Press
Review by Kathy Parsons
Nolo’s comprehensive catalog of legal guidebooks cover just about everything under the sun. Thorough, easy to follow, and written in everyday language, these books are outstanding reference sources. Quicken WillMaker Plus 2009 is no exception. As a healthy, single, small business owner with no children, it has been easy to put off making a will, but a cancer diagnosis earlier this year (I’m fine now!) was a real wake-up call. Anyway, I have a couple of other Nolo books in my reference library, so I was excited to find Quicken WillMaker Plus. In addition to the 600+ page book, there are two CD ROMs. One includes all of the forms you could possibly need to do your own will, documents for several types of trusts, health care directives, personal finance forms, durable power of attorney, etc. The second disk is a copy of The Executor’s Guide in ebook form. Sounds perfect, and it probably is unless you are using any computer operating system besides Windows! As the owner of three Macs, I was extremely disappointed to make this discovery! The book is still very valuable, but not being able to use the software means having to set up your own forms following the guidelines and examples in the book (there are MANY!) rather than being guided through the step-by-step forms and and being able to use online help. Additionally, you will not be able to download any of the updates during the year, which is very unfortunate. This book is excellent, but I’m not sure it’s worth the $70 cover price if you cannot use the software. My advice, if you are a Mac user, would be to buy one of Nolo’s guides to making a will and/or estate planning that doesn’t include Windows-only software. Apparently, Nolo has no plans to produce a Mac edition, so we’re kind of stuck!
September 11, 2009
Catherine D. McWilliams & Stu Suchit
Barton Seaver and P.K. Newby, Sc.D., M.P.H.
The Faculty of The Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University