Massachusetts Last Will and Testament Template

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Updated September 07, 2022

A Massachusetts last will and testament is a legally-binding document in which an individual, known as the “testator,” details written instructions on how their estate shall be distributed upon their death. Property/assets– such as financial accounts, fiduciary funds, life insurance policies, as well as real, personal, and even digital property– can all be bequeathed to beneficiaries as stipulated on the testator’s will. A testator ensures peace of mind when creating this document since it protects their estate and transfers the designated amounts to the appropriate individuals; beneficiaries of the testator’s will are usually their spouses, children, friends, blood relatives, and, in some cases, organizations. A will must be signed by the testator in the presence of two (2) or more witnesses. Both these witnesses will also provide their signatories after attestation. Though optional, a testator can choose to have their will notarized by a state-authorized notary public.

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Laws

Signing Requirements

Signed by at least two (2) individual, competent Witnesses. (Section 2-502)

State Definition

Will” includes codicil and any testamentary instrument that merely appoints an executor, revokes or revises another will, nominates a guardian, or expressly excludes or limits the right of an individual or class to succeed to property of the decedent passing by intestate succession.

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