Maine Last Will and Testament: What Is It?
In the state of Maine, a Last Will and Testament is a legal document that gives someone, referred to as a Testator, the legal ability to designate who they want their assets to be passed down to, and how they’d like their belongings and assets divided once they pass away. A Last Will is a document that is legally recognized by the state and must be signed by two Witnesses, as well as notarized by a Notary Public.
Definition of Will - §2-514
Laws - Title 18A, Article 2: Intestate Succession and Wills
Witnesses - According to Section 2-502, the Will must be signed by two (2) witnesses who are both present when the Testator signs the document.
How to Write Your Maine Last Will and Testament
Provide information on the following topics, providing as many specifics as possible:
- Name and Gender
- City and County of Residence
- Marital Status
- Name spouse and whether or not he or she will be named as a beneficiary
- Provide information on your pets, property owned, or life insurance
- Provide information on children, and their inheritance amount/percentage
- Setting up a Trust for those who require special care
- Lay down stipulations on when benefits start and end as well as portion received
- Provide funeral home information
- Provide last meal information
- Appoint your Executor
- Name your Trustee
- Provide your Digital Executor (if you have digital assets)
- Appoint a Guardian for your minor children (if applicable)
- Name any people you wish to disinherit
- Provide information on your Witnesses
Remember to have your document signed by both witnesses as well as notarized by a Notary Public to have this document legally recognized by the state.
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