When to use a Simple Will?

For use in uncomplicated estates that do not require filing with the probate court. Grants authority to a specific person to care for your affairs and designates how you would like your property distributed. 


When NOT to use it?

If you have a complex, large estate or one valued at more than $5,120,000 (the federal estate tax exemption amount currently) this Simple Will is not your best option. 

  • Use this for research and planning only.
  • You should seek the advice of a licensed attorney.

How to use this form?

  • In the attached Simple Will form, replace the sections in brackets [.] with the listed information.
    • Make sure to read the entire document and complete the rest of the will to reflect your wishes.
  • To make the will valid, sign it in the presence of two witnesses and a notary.
    • Have the witnesses and the notary also sign it.
    • Make copies and keep the original in a safe place.

For more information on Probate, the process of proving a will, visit FAQ About Probate.

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