Last Will Sample
A last will and testament is a legal document
that specifies how you want your estate handled after you
die. If you die without a will, you are intestate and your
estate will have to go through probate court. Not having a
will can cause your survivors stress at an already bad time,
but you would be surprised how many people fail to get a will
prepared in time.
For most people, it's fairly easy to prepare a will- especially
when they use a professional will writer such as a lawyer.
Before you begin making your will, go over the points below:
-Make sure you provide details like your full name, address,
and date/place of birth
-Your spouse's personal details if you are making "mirror
wills"- that is, each of you are leaving your estate
to the other
-Relevant information pertaining to any previous marriages
-Information about your children, if any, and other dependents
-Addresses and full names of trustees and executors. It's
also a good idea to provide the names and information for
a couple of "stand-in" executors in case the original
executor cannot or will not fulfill the duty.
-The full names and addresses of the people you would want
to care for your minor children (again, it's a good idea to
have more than one person in mind in case your chosen person
cannot look after the children)
-The names and addresses of people to whom you want to leave
specific possessions (such as jewelry and cars).
-Who you want the rest of your estate to go to, and who you
would like it to go to if the original beneficiary dies before
you do. For instance, spouses usually leave their estates
to one another, with it reverting to their children if both
die at the same time.
-What age your minor children can inherit their portion of
the state. The legal minimum age is 21, but it can be raised
to 21 or 25 if you desire.
-Any instructions for your funeral/burial or cremation
A last will and testament can provide you and your family
with peace of mind. It's easy to write a will yourself, but
if you are at all unsure of the process, you should consult
a professional. If you take a little time to go over the information
listed above, you will save yourself time and frustration
in the long run.
Download here, it's free:
WILL AND TESTAMENT - Version 1
WILL AND TESTAMENT - Version 2