New Jersey Last Will and Testament Form

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New Jersey Last Will and Testament: What Is It?

In the state of New Jersey, a Last Will and Testament is a document that a person (the Testator) creates to state their intentions on what happens to their assets once they pass away. Many times, Testators will use this document to leave their assets to their children, spouse, or close family friends. However, this documents can be used to donate estates to charity, provide funeral home arrangements, and even provide last meal instructions. In the state of New Jersey, this document must be attested by two competent Witnesses as well as notarized by a Notary Public to be legally recognized.

New Jersey State Laws

Definition of Will - Section 3B:1-2

Laws - Title 3B: Administration of Estates - Descendants and Others

Witnesses - According to Section 3B:3-2, the Will must be signed by two (2) Witnesses.

How to Write a New Jersey Last Will and Testament

Establish the Testator by entering the following:

  • Name, and gender
  • City and county of residence

Marital Status

  • Spouse name - will he/she be named as a beneficiary?

Children, Pets, Property, Life Insurance

  • Children - Name, living status, and whether or not he or she will be named as a beneficiary in your Will
  • Pets - Pets names and descriptions
  • Property - Property addresses
  • Life Insurance - Policy number, company name, and contact information

Inheritance Amounts

  • State what amount or percentage of assets or property children will receive

Setting up a Trust

  • State whether or not you’d like to set up a Trust for someone
    • Setting up a Trust for someone who receives benefits such as Medicaid or Supplemental Security Income can prevent any issues with their ability to receive such benefits.

Set Boundary Ages

  • State what age children must be to start receiving benefits
  • State what age children must be when benefits will end
  • State the portion or percentage that they will receive

Funeral Home Arrangements

  • Provide the name and address of the funeral home you wish to be taken to

Last Meal

  • Provide specifications on the last meal after your funeral service

Appoint your Executor - the person who will execute your will:

  • Name
  • Relation to you

Appoint your Trustee - the person who will distribute the assets out of your Trust (if your assets are set up in a Trust)

  • Name
  • Relation to you

Appoint your Digital Executor - this is the person charged with distributing your digital assets:

  • Name
  • Relation to you

Guardian over minor children:

  • Name
  • Relation to you

Name other beneficiaries:

  • Name
  • Relation to you
  • What amount or percentage they will inherit

Removing or disinheriting a beneficiary:

  • Name
  • Relation to you

Witnesses - Provide the following information for each witness:

  • Name
  • Relation to you
  • Full mailing address
  • Telephone number

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