Drawing up your will is not as simple as writing down instructions. For your will to be considered legally valid, it must meet certain requirements for legal documents laid out by the State of Indiana. Working with a legal wills attorney at Webster & Garino LLC will give you the knowledge you need to properly manage your wills, trusts, and the overall future of your Westfield estate.
These requirements can vary depending on your specific jurisdiction, but some common elements include:
The person who creates the will – also called a testator – must be of sound mind and at least 18 years old.
The will must clearly express the testator’s intent to distribute their assets and property after their death.
A will must be listed in writing, whether handwritten or typed. Jurisdictions that do allow oral wills have extremely strict requirements for acceptance.
The testator must sign the end of the document to indicate that it accurately represents their final wishes.
Most jurisdictions require at least two witnesses to the signing of a will. Witnesses must not be beneficiaries who are listed in the document.
Adhering to these legal requirements will ensure your will is recognized as a valid testamentary document and secure proper estate administration. Laws regarding wills can be complex and vary between jurisdictions, so it’s important to work with our qualified estate planning lawyers to meet all of your desired criteria for your legal will.