Oklahoma Last Will and Testament: What Is It?
In Oklahoma, a Last Will and Testament is a legal document that a Testator (the man or woman creating the Will) can create and give to their attorney and beneficiaries that delegates exactly what their wishes are in regards to their property and assets. This allows a Testator to legally pass their belongings, money, property and whatever else they choose to family, charity, a spouse, their children, or anyone else they choose. In Oklahoma, this becomes a legal document once it is signed by two Witnesses, and notarized by a Notary Public.
Oklahoma Last Will Laws
Definition of Will - §30-2209(53)
Laws - Chapter 30 (Decedent’s Estate: Protection of Persons and Property)
Witnesses - According to 84 OK Stat §84-55, the Will must be signed by two (2) witnesses in the presence of the Testator.
How to Write your Will in Oklahoma
Be sure to provide specific information on the following sections:
- Basic Information establishing the Testator
- City and county
- Marital Status
- Will your spouse be a beneficiary?
- Children, Pets, and Life Insurance
- Provide information like children’s names, living status, insurance policy contact information, policy numbers, etc.
- Inheritance for Children
- Specify what children will inherit
- Setting Up a Trust
- Provide the name of the person you wish to set up a Trust for. Setting up a Trust for someone who receives government aid, can prevent any eligibility issues.
- Establish Expectations on Children’s Inheritance
- Specify when benefits will begin, end, and what portion will be received
- Funeral Service Specifications/Arrangements
- Provide information on your funeral home arrangements
- Last Meal Specifications
- Appoint the following (as it pertains to your situation):
- The Executor of your Will
- Your Trustee
- Your Digital Executor
- A Guardian for Minor Children
- Any Additional Beneficiaries
- Name Someone You Wish to Disinherit
- Person’s name, and relationship to you
- Provide Information on Your Witnesses
- Remember that your witnesses must sign the Will in your presence
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