District of Columbia Last Will & Testament Information
A last will in the District of Columbia allows the testator to generate a trust for any person of their choosing, make a gift to charity, state a legal guardian for minors, and make a pet trust, including provisions to care for the animal after the death of its owner.
A District of Columbia Last Will & Testament includes the following requirements:
The testator must be of legal age.
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.
The District of Columbia also officially recognizes nuncupative (oral) wills made by a person in actual military or naval service or a mariner at sea under certain circumstances.
Click here if you have any questions about creating a last will in the District of Columbia.