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.
- To decide if you need a will or not, please visit Do I Need A Will?
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.