A standard will is usually called a “last will and testament.” The will specifies how the person’s assets will be distributed and who will be in charge of the distribution. The standard will is suited for individuals and couples with total assets (including life insurance and retirement plans) of less than the exclusion threshold for the federal estate tax, which is currently $11,580,000 for a single person.
We offer much more than just standard wills. For most of us, life is anything but standard. We offer wills for the most common everyday situations. The most popular will is for persons who are remarried and have children from one or both marriage(s).
Wills By Type
- Codicil To Will Form
- Do It Yourself Will Form
- Estate Planning Form – Married
- Estate Planning Form – Single
- Example of a Will
- Free Will Template
- Joint Will Forms
- Last Will and Testament Form
- Last Will and Testament Forms By State
- Last Will and Testament Template
- Living Will Forms
- Pour Over Wills
- Revocation of Living Will Form
- Sample Will Form
- Simple Will Form
- Standard Will Form
- Will For Grandparent With Grandchildrens Trust
- Will For Married With Adult Children
- Will For Married With Minor Children
- Will For Married With No Children
- Will For Remarried With Adult Children
- Will For Remarried With Minor Children
- Will For Single With No Children
Wills By State
Commonly Asked Questions Concerning Wills
What is a Pour Over will?
- A pour over will is not very common. It is used in conjunction with a trust that was previously established by the same person. Upon the death of the individual, all assets and other property are “poured over” into the trust.
Does a will need to be notarized?
- In most cases no. As of this writing, almost all states consider a will to be valid without notarization. However, almost all states require a will to be witnessed by two persons not named as a beneficiary in the will and not related to the person signing the will. See our section below for the complete list of will signing requirements by state.
How do I change my will?
- A will can’t really be changed but it can be modified by executing a Codicil To Will. The codicil allows you to delete sections from your previous will and also allows you to add new sections or conditions.
What happens if I don’t list all of my children in the will?
- All heck will break loose the second you die. Nothing brings out the nasties faster than a child finding out he or she was passed over in favor of other siblings. You should mention every child by name in the will, even if you have no intention of leaving that person any of your estate. One common phrase used in wills is “I leave you all of my love but no material possessions.”
What is a self-proving will?
- Most states consider a will to be “self-proving” if it was signed by the grantor as well as two witnesses. The witnesses must sign the will under penalty of perjury that they watched the person sign the will.
- Some states do not allow for self-proving wills. In the District of Columbia, Vermont, Maryland, and Ohio, the option to consider a will self-proving is not available. In California, Indiana, and New Hampshire, it’s not necessary to have a separate affidavit for witnesses to sign. The will itself usually includes a statement that under penalty of perjury, the witnesses state that to the best of their knowledge, the grantor was of legal age, not under undue influence, and mentally competent to sign the will.
Will Signing Requirements By State
|State||# of Witnesses Required||State Code or Statute|
|Alabama||two witnesses||Title 43, Chapter 8|
|Alaska||two witnesses||Title 13, Chapter 12|
|Arizona||two witnesses||Title 14|
|Arkansas||two witnesses||Title 28|
|California||two witnesses||Sections 6100 to 6139|
|Colorado||two witnesses or notary||Title 15|
|Connecticut||two witnesses||Chapter 802a|
|Delaware||two witnesses||Title 12|
|Florida||two witnesses||Chapter 732|
|Georgia||two witnesses||Title 53|
|Hawaii||two witnesses||Chapter 560|
|Idaho||two witnesses||Title 15|
|Illinois||two witnesses||755 ILCS 5|
|Indiana||two witnesses||Title 29|
|Iowa||two witnesses||Chapter 633|
|Kansas||two witnesses||Chapter 59|
|Kentucky||two witnesses||Chapter 394|
|Louisiana||two witnesses and notary||CC 1570|
|Maine||two witnesses||Title 18-A, Article 2|
|Maryland||two witnesses||Title 4|
|Massachusetts||two witnesses||Chapter 190B|
|Michigan||two witnesses||Act 386 of 1998|
|Minnesota||two witnesses||Chapter 524|
|Mississippi||two witnesses||Title 91, Chapter 5|
|Missouri||two witnesses||Chapter 474|
|Montana||two witnesses||Title 72|
|Nebraska||two witnesses||Chapter 30|
|Nevada||two witnesses||Title 12|
|New Hampshire||two witnesses||Chapter 551|
|New Jersey||two witnesses||Title 3B|
|New Mexico||two witnesses||Chapter 45|
|New York||two witnesses||Estates, Powers & Trusts|
|North Carolina||two witnesses||Chapter 31|
|North Dakota||two witnesses||Chapter 31|
|Ohio||two witnesses||Chapter 2107|
|Oklahoma||two witnesses||Title 84|
|Oregon||two witnesses||Chapter 112|
|Pennsylvania||two witnesses||Title 20|
|Rhode Island||two witnesses||Title 33|
|South Carolina||two witnesses||Title 62|
|South Dakota||two witnesses||Chapter 29|
|Tennessee||two witnesses||Title 32|
|Texas||two witnesses||Estates Code|
|Utah||two witnesses||Title 75|
|Vermont||two witnesses||Title 14|
|Virginia||two witnesses||Title 64.2|
|Washington||two witnesses||Title 11|
|West Virginia||two witnesses||Chapter 41|
|Wisconsin||two witnesses||Chapter 853|
|Wyoming||two witnesses||Title 2|