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- Free Wills To Download
- Last Will and Testament Commonly Asked Questions
- Last Will and Testament Forms By State
- Number of Witnesses Required By State
The Last Will and Testament can be executed beforehand to specify how a person’s estate will be dealt with when he or she passes away. The legal file defines how the individual’s assets will be dispersed and who will supervise the distribution. The Last Will and Testament is suited for people and couples with overall possessions (including life insurance and retirement plans) of less than the exclusion limit for the federal estate tax, which is currently $11,580,000 for a single person and $23,160,000 for a couple.
In your will last will and testament it is IMPERATIVE that you list every child, even if you wish to state that the child will receive no part of your estate. In most jurisdictions, if you don’t name all of your heirs, they or their legal guardian(s) will have the right to contest your will. Most contested wills involve children who were not specifically mentioned in their will of their parent(s).
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Last Will and Testament Commonly Asked Questions
What is a Last Will and Testament?
The last will and testament is usually just called a “will”. In the document you provide detailed instructions for the disposition of your property and other assets upon your death. The last will and testament is used to name beneficiaries and often to set up a trust for kids or grandkids.
Does the will have to be notarized?
In most states the answer is no. In the state of Louisiana the will must be notarized as well as witnessed by two persons not related to the person who is signing the will. See the list below of last will and testament witness requirements by state.
How many witnesses do I need to sign the will?
In most states the answer is two. Last are constantly changing, so if you have any doubt, call your state bar association. See the list below of last will and testament witness requirements by state.
Am I required to list all of my kids in the will?
Major court battles have been fought by children who were not mentioned in the will of one or both parents. If you do not mention a child in the will, he or she will have absolute legal ground to contest the will. If you intend to leave nothing to one of your children when you die, list the child in the will but not include him or her in the financial distributions (bequeaths).
Last Will and Testament Forms By State
Number of Witnesses Required Listed 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|
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