Wyoming Last Will & Testament Information
A Wyoming 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.
A Wyoming resident may bequeath their assets to any beneficiaries.
Additionally, a last will in the state of Wyoming 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.
Dying without a will is called ‘intestate’ and in Wyoming, this means a surviving spouse will inherit the deceased’s entire estate unless there are any descendants. In the case of descendants, the spouse and descendants will each inherit half of the estate.
The state of Wyoming also officially recognizes holographic - or handwritten - wills as long as it is written entirely in the authentic handwriting of the testator and signed by them. Note that here, a holographic will does not require the signature of a witness.
Click here if you have any questions about creating a last will in Wyoming.