What constitutes a legal Will?

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What constitutes a legal Will?

Asked on January 15, 2012 under Estate Planning, West Virginia

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M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

There are general rules that validate a Last Will and Testament and then states themselves may have there own requirements.  Generally the Will should be typed (but some states allow handwritten or holographic Wills), it should state the testatmors intent to make this their Last Will and Testament; the testator should acknowledge that they know the "objects of their bounty"; it shoul revoke all prior Wills; it should name an executor.  It shold be witnessed by two witnesses that are disinterested (not inheriting).  It should be signed in the presence of the witnesses.  Get help.  Good luck. 


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