Tennessee Last Will and Testament Template

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Updated September 09, 2022

A Tennessee last will and testament is a legal estate-planning document that gives a testator (the person creating the will) an opportunity to provide exact instructions for how they wish to have their estate distributed upon death. A will allows the testator to record directives regarding the after-death management of their real and property, life insurance policies, digital assets, fiduciary accounts, cash-on-hand, and much more. Through making a will, a testator will name beneficiaries of their estate; some of the common individuals considered beneficiaries include spouses, children, friends, and even charitable organizations or other entities that are important to the testator.

Wills must be signed by the testator in the presence of two (2) separate witnesses in order to be considered legally binding in Tennessee. Both these witnesses must provide their signatories on the document as well. And though optional, a testator can have their will acknowledged by a state-authorized notary public to further protect its legality.

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Laws

Signing Requirements

The Testator must sign in the presence of two (2) or more Witnesses. Those witnesses must sign the Will in the presence of the Testator and in the presence of each other. (Section 32-1-104)

State Definition

Will” includes codicil.

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