What are the required components of a will?

On Behalf of | Oct 24, 2018 | Estate Planning, Firm News |

Having a will allows you to dictate what you want to happen with your personal property and assets after your death. It also allows you to manage care for pets and minor children. Creating a will in Florida is not too difficult. However, you must ensure that any will you create meets legal standards. Otherwise, it may not be upheld after your death.

The Florida Senate explains that a last will and testament does not require any specific language. The wording is not of importance to make it a legal document. The focus is more on the signatures. You must sign it in your own hand at the end of the document. If you are unable to sign, you may have someone else sign your name as long as you watch the person do it and direct them to do it. The document must also have the signatures of at least two witnesses. They must sign it when you are present and must do so in the presence of the other witnesses who are also signing it.

While the wording is not important, you do want to make sure you clearly state your wishes. Make sure you include details when possible to avoid confusion. Also, to be legal, the will must be in writing. You cannot dictate your wishes verbally to someone and consider that your will. The court will not accept a verbal will as a legally binding agreement. This information is for educational use only. It is not offered as legal advice.