Massachusetts Last Will & Testament Information
A Last Will & Testament in Massachusetts permit the testator, to provide for a spouse, children, loved ones, and pets after his death as well as to name a personal representative for the estate. A Massachusetts living will, or health care proxy, provides instructions should you become incapacitated and incapable of making decisions regarding your medical care.
A Massachusetts Last Will & Testament includes the following requirements:
The testator must be eighteen years old or older.
They must also be of ‘sound mind’.
The Will must be signed by the testator or by someone else in their name (provided it is done under the testator’s direction and in their presence).
The signing of the Will requires at least two witnesses in order to make it valid. The witnesses should not be beneficiaries.
Another requirement to make the Will valid is that it must be in written format.
A Massachusetts resident may bequeath their assets to any beneficiaries.
Other recognized wills in Massachusetts include nuncupative (oral) wills, but only if made by a mariner at sea or a person in active military service to dispose of personal property.
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