What does a will usually contain?

Typical provisions of a Last Will and Testament include:

  • name of the testator (your name);
  • name of the testator’s spouse and date of marriage, if any;
  • name of all of the testator’s children (and how foster and stepchildren are to be treated), if any;
  • revocation of all prior Wills;
  • special gifts, if any;
  • distribution instructions for the remainder of the estate after payment of just debts, taxes and expenses incurred in administration of the estate
  • nomination of the Personal Representative and alternates
  • powers that are to be given the Personal Representative (often defined as those provided under state statute), and
  • waiver of the surety bond requirement.

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