A sample of a will can be written to demonstrate how the structure of the will should be set up when it is to be officially written. Writing a sample of a will can be considered a rough draft which allows you to make changes by trial and error. You can create a sample of a will by beginning the document in a word processing program on your laptop or desktop computer.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Open a word processing program on your computer, such as Microsoft Word.
Start a first paragraph that states your name and address. Indicate in a sentence that this is your last will and testament.
Start a second paragraph that states the executor of your estate and an alternate if your original choice is not available or is deceased.
Start a third paragraph that states the name and address for each of your beneficiaries
Start a fourth section to explain what you wish to bequeath to your beneficiaries.
Start a fifth paragraph to dictate or instruct how the executor should manage your estate.
Start a sixth paragraph that states the name and address of the guardian for your children, if necessary.
Include additional paragraphs to explain how items or requests, that you did not specifically mention in the preceding paragraphs, should be divided or carried out.
Review the sample will to give you an idea of how long it will be and if you need to include more or less information.
Tips and warnings
- If you want to donate money to charity an additional paragraph will be needed after step 4.
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