A will is a legal document that describes how you want your estate distributed after your death. Typically, a will is used to bequeath your property and possessions to various members of your family or anyone else you choose. Drafts can be hand-written, but the final document needs to be typewritten or printed from a computer. While making a will may seem unnecessary if you are young, a simple will is invaluable to ensure your assets are distributed as you wish if you die unexpectedly. If you have substantial assets or want to establish any kind of trust arrangement, you should consult an attorney.
Title the will by writing "Last Will and Testament" or similar language at the top. Include a line below the title with your name, the city you reside, and that you are of sound mind.
Title the first section "Personal Information." Include here your date and place of birth. List the names of any of your children. Appoint a guardian if you are a single parent and one or more of the children is a minor. A guardian should also be appointed if you are currently married, in case you and your spouse die simultaneously. Make sure the guardian or guardians you choose agree to take on the responsibility.
Title the next part of the will "Beneficiaries." Indicate to whom you will bequeath the various assets of your estate. You can leave everything to one person or you can specify a percentage of your property to each beneficiary. Certain of your possessions, such as your car, can also be left to specific beneficiaries.
Title the next part of the will "Executor." The executor is the person who you assign to carry out all of the instructions in your will. Include an alternate in case your first choice dies or cannot act as the executor.
Title the final section of the will "Special Instructions." You can use this for specific instructions not mentioned in other sections of the will.
Review and print or type the final draft. Sign and date the will and have it notarized, witnessed and signed by at least three people to make it a legal document.
- Carefully interview any guardian you are considering for your children before including their names in your will.