A will is an important legal document, as it declares a person's wishes regarding the distribution of property upon death. If you die without one, your death will be ruled "intestate" and state laws will determine how to divide your assets. It is thus important to ensure your will is legally valid. In Arizona, laws regarding wills are set out in the Arizona Revised Statutes.
You must be at least 18 years old to make a will. You must also be of "sound mind," which means you have not been deemed incompetent by the courts, according to LawInfo.com.
For a will to be legal in Arizona, it must be typed up and signed by the person whose assets it pertains to. If it is not possible for the person concerned to sign, someone else may do so on his behalf, as long as the person concerned is present, of sound mind and instructs this action. Two other people must witness the signing of the document.
Ideally, witnesses to the will should be people who are not beneficiaries of the will. The state of Arizona, however, does not automatically invalidate a will for this reason, according to LawInfo.com.
If a person hand writes and signs a will, it is a holographic will. Unlike some states, in Arizona, holographic wills are legal. This type of will does not need witnesses to be valid, but the signature and material of the document must be in the person's own handwriting.
Self Proven Wills
A self-proven will is a notarized will. The will's owner and two witnesses must sign an affidavit in front of a legally qualified notary for the will to be self-proven. Courts automatically accept self-proven wills as authentic.