Massachusetts Last Will and Testament: What Is It?
In the state of Massachusetts, a Last Will and Testament is a legal document that protects a person’s (known as a Testator) from being taken by unwanted individuals after they pass away. Last Will and Testament protects your beneficiaries with a legally enforceable document and allows you to rest assured that when you pass away, they will receive the inheritance you left to them. In order for this document to be legally recognized by the state, it must be signed by two witnesses and notarized by a Notary Public.
Massachusetts State Laws
Definition of Will - Section 1-201(57)
Laws - Chapter 190B: Massachusetts Uniform Probate Code
Witnesses - According to §2-502, the Will must be signed by two (2) individual witnesses.
How to Write Will in Massachusetts
Provide as specific information as possible for the following sections
Naming the Testator
- City and county of residence
- Name your spouse
- State whether or not he or she will be named as a beneficiary
Pets, Property, and Life Insurance
- Provide information on any pets, property, or life insurance that you may have
- Name your children, as well as their inheritance amount
Special Trust - Provide the following information if you wish to set up a Trust for someone who may have special needs or a mental illness and requires special care.
State Provisions on Inheritance
- Provide the age that children will be when benefits start
- State the age that children will be when benefits end
- Provide the amount, portion, or percentage that children will receive
- Name of Funeral Home
- State any specifics for the last meal after the service
Appoint your Executor
- Name of Executor
- Relationship to you
Appoint your Trustee (if your assets are in a Trust)
Name your Digital Executor (if you have digital assets)
Guardian for Minor Children (if you have minor children)
- Relationship to you
- The amount, percentage, or belonging/s to be inherited
Name the individuals you wish to disinherit
- Address of witness
- Contact number
Be sure to sign your Will, in addition to having you witnesses sign them. In addition, be sure to have your Will notarized by a Notary Public.
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