A will identifies in a legally-binding document who will inherit a person’s property or be a guardian for his or her minor children upon their death. A person who is 18 years old or older may create a will. It is important to think of questions like how to create a valid will, what and who to include in the will, and who should sign the will.
Learn About Making a Will
- Wills: An Overview : Learn about the requirements of a will, the limitations involved, choosing a guardian, what happens if no will exists, and more.
- Top Ten Reasons to Have a Will : This article explains ten benefits to having a will, including avoiding a lengthy probate process and minimizing estate taxes.
- What Happens If You Die Without a Will? : Learn about what intestate succession entails, including how property generally passes under it.
- What Is a ‘Valid Will’? : While requirements can differ from state to state, this section offers an overview of the formalities that generally must be met in order to create a valid will.
- Signing a Will : Learn about the requirements of the signing process, including witness requirements, notifying the executor, residence requirements, and more.
- Making a Will FAQs : Find answers to your questions about the purposes of creating a will, how to make a will valid, whether a will may be handwritten, and more.