1. Record the testator’s information
You’re known as the testator (or testatrix) when you write a Will. Include your full name and address.
2. Name an executor
The executor of your estate is legally bound to follow the instructions left in your Will. You can also name a backup executor in case your original choice is unavailable.
3. Add beneficiaries
List the people or organizations you wish to inherit your estate once your debts are settled. This may include any living children, extended family members, friends, or charities that are meaningful to you.
4. Provide for children and/or pets
Appoint a legal guardian for your children or a caretaker for your pets. Include any instructions for specific levels of care and allocation of funds.
State if you want to delay the inheritance of any minor children until they reach a certain age. If you do want to delay, state the age your children must be to receive their inheritance.
5. Sign the document
Review your Will to ensure it’s free of errors and accurately reflects your wishes. Sign the document according to your state laws (LawDepot provides state-specific instructions to guide you in this process).