Wills and Estates: Planning and Executing a Will
In addition to being a convenient way to distribute your estate, a Will is one of the most important
documents you will execute during your life. A Will can be a personal
expression through which you provide for those people and institutions
that are important to you. A Will is your final message that reflects
your personal values and leaves a lasting legacy by which your family
and community will remember you.
Planning Your Will or Estate
Legal documents such as Wills should always be
prepared by attorneys. You will find different rules in every state for
execution of a Will. However, the following are typical requirements in
making a Will:
- The Will should be in writing and signed at the
end by the person executing the Will, called a testator (man) or
testatrix (woman). The testator or testatrix must sign the Will in the
presence of two or three disinterested witnesses.
- The testator or testatrix must have each
witness sign his name affirming that the Will was signed by the testator
(ix) and acknowledged, as a last Will and testament.
- The person executing the Will must be considered mentally competent when the Will is executed.
Questions? Please contact Mike Freeman, Estate and Planned Gifts Director, at 1-866-DOING GOOD (364-6446) or email at Michael.Freeman@use.SalvationArmy.org