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How to write a will template

Your will is a deeply personal document.

It describes your final wishes and instructs the readers about how you want your property distributed. Any adult can write a will, provided they have not been declared incompetent by a court or legal authority. It is possible that over the course of a lifetime, a person may want to revisit and revise his will. By creating a will template, you can easily amend and adjust your will as things change in your life. Always be sure to destroy previous copies of your will so no confusion exists during probate.

Write "Last Will of" and leave a space to type the person's name. Place this title at the top of the page.

Add the "declaration" beneath the title. Start with a simple statement such as "I, Will Writer, of 123 Testament Park, Any Town, Any State, declare this to be my will. I revoke any and all previously executed wills or codicils." Include spaces in place of "Will Writer" and the address for the person to write his name and address.

Organise the will into sections. Choose among common section titles such as "Personal Representative," "Funeral Expenses and Payment of Debts," "Property Distributions," "Residual Clause" and "Guardians and Minors." Use a few existing templates to help you formulate the sections you want to include. Find will templates and samples at your local law library. Some websites also provide sample will templates (see Resources).

Leave ample space for the writer to fill in each section. Include instructions on how to complete each section if necessary (see Tips).

Create lines on the last page for the writer to sign and date the will and for at least two witnesses to sign and date the will. Include a notary signature section on the last page.


  • Step 4: In the "Personal Representative" section, instruct the reader to choose someone they trust to handle the administration of the estate. Under the "Guardians and Minors" section, for example, you might instruct the reader to include provisions for who will care for minor children and how to handle property inherited by a minor.