last-will-and-testamentEach state has its own requirements for a will.  Although the requirements for a will are quite similar throughout the fifty states, there are some significant differences that you should be aware of.

For example, most states require that you be at least 18 years of age in order to make a will.  However, Georgia's minimum age is 14 and Louisiana's minimum age is 16.  Some states also make exceptions for those who are emancipated, or legally married, or serving in the armed forces.   And, while most states require that a will be written and witnessed by at least two independent persons, a few states allow handwritten and unwitnessed (holographic) wills and/or oral (nuncupative) wills.  The requirements for each state are set forth in this section.

Click on any state to view that state's requirements for a will