How to Execute a Last Will & Testament in Massachusetts

A last will and testament in Massachusetts is an important legal document that helps your family, friends, loved ones and business associates know how to handle your assets after your death. Executing the will correctly ensures that any challenges to the terms of your will can be settled quickly and that your estate will not be held up in court while people try to prove alternate claims. Holographic wills, which are written in your own hand and not signed by witnesses, are not valid or recognized in Massachusetts.

Type the entire document. State your name and the date, then say that you're of sound mind and body and that you are not writing the will under any duress. You should also give your age. You must be 18 for your will to be recognized in Massachusetts.

Name an executor in your will. This is the person who will be sure that all your beneficiaries get their bequests. Your executor will also guide your will through probate if necessary.

Explain in detail which of your assets you're leaving to different people in your life. Consider your cash, bank accounts, stock assets, real estate, vehicles and personal property. Being specific about who gets each thing you own can help avoiding fighting among your family members.

Sign the will in front of two witnesses who know you. They must not be receiving anything under the terms of your will.

Make three copies of the will and have them notarized. Keep a copy for yourself, give a copy to your lawyer and give a copy to the executor of your estate.


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