Last Will and Testament Template

OF [NAME]

PandaTip: This Last Will and Testament is for one individual, but could be modified for a married couple, as applicable. Note that wills are very personal documents and needs vary from person to person, so take care to use this template as a guide to create a last will and testament that will suit your needs.

  1. DECLARATION. I, [NAME], a legal adult with an address at [ADDRESS], being of competent and sound mind, do hereby declare this to be my last will and testament (hereinafter, “Last Will & Testament”) and do hereby revoke any and all wills and codicils heretofore made jointly or severally by me. I further declare that this Last Will & Testament reflects my personal wishes without any undue influence whatsoever.

  1. BACKGROUND INFORMATION. At the time of this Last Will & Testament, I am married to [NAME OF SPOUSE], and I have [NUMBER] children who are listed as follows:

    1. [CHILD 2 NAME] born [DATE]
    2. [CHILD 1 NAME] born [DATE]
  1. EXECUTOR APPOINTMENT. I hereby nominate and appoint [EXECUTOR 1 NAME] as Executor/Personal Representative of this Last Will & Testament. Should the aforementioned individual be unavailable, unable or unwilling to serve as Executor/Personal Representative when needed, then I nominate and appoint [EXECUTOR 2 NAME] as the alternate Executor/Personal Representative of this Last Will & Testament.  Immediately following my death, the Executor/Personal Representative will be authorized to exercise all provisions of this Last Will & Testament and to use the assets from my estate to make necessary arrangements, without any unnecessary delay, for the payment of personal debts, obligations and funeral expenses.

  1. GUARDIAN APPOINTMENT. In the event I am the sole parent or legal guardian of my non-adult children at the time of my death, then I hereby nominate and appoint [GUARDIAN 1 NAME], an individual with an address at [ADDRESS], as legal guardian of my children.  Should the aforementioned individual be unavailable, unable or unwilling to serve as legal guardian when needed, then I nominate and appoint [GUARDIAN 2 NAME] as the alternate legal guardian of my children.

  1. BEQUESTS & REQUESTS.

    1. After payment of all of personal debts, expenses and liabilities, I request and direct that my property be bequeathed as follows:

I give, devise and bequeath all of the remaining and residual property I have ownership in at the time of my death, whether real property, personal property or both, of whatever kind and wherever situated to [INHERITOR 1 NAME] absolutely and entirely. Should [INHERITOR 1 NAME] not be living, then I give, devise and bequeath all of the remaining and residual property I have ownership in at the time of my death, whether real property, personal property or both, of whatever kind and wherever situated to [INHERITOR 2 NAME] absolutely and entirely.

PandaTip: You may choose to split your real and personal property between more than one person or you may want to identify specific assets. Needless to say, this section can get very complicated.

    1. Upon my death, I direct that my remains:

PandaTip: Finish the above sentence with any specific requests for burial or cremation.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I hereby subscribe my name to this Last Will & Testament, as of the date set forth below, at the address set forth below, in front of the attesting witness who also subscribe their names to this Last Will & Testament below as of the same date, at my request, and in my company.

[NAME]

[ADDRESS WHERE SIGNED]

_________________________________ ______________

SIGNATURE                                                          DATE

 

WITNESSES ATTESTATION:

As of the date of [NAME]’s signature above, [NAME] declared to us, the undersigned witnesses, that the foregoing Last Will & Testament, consisting of [NUMBER] pages, including this page, expresses [NAME]’s true and sincerest wishes and will. [NAME] signed this Last Will & Testament in our presence, and then we signed this Last Will & Testament in [NAME]’s presence and in the presence of each other at the address shown immediately above [NAME]’s signature.

[WITNESS 1 NAME] of [ADDRESS]

_________________________________ ______________

SIGNATURE                                                           DATE

[WITNESS 2 NAME] of [ADDRESS]

_________________________________ ______________

SIGNATURE                                                           DATE

[WITNESS 3 NAME] of [ADDRESS]

_________________________________ ______________

SIGNATURE                                                           DATE

 

PandaTip: The laws on these types of documents vary based on your location, so check the laws in your area for any specific requirements. For instance, one or more of your witnesses may need to be a notary public.

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