What is a Will Form

A will is a legal declaration through which a mature individual provides instructions regarding the disposal of his or her property after death. It is documented in accordance with the legislature and becomes irrevocable after the testator’s death. To maintain uniformity and avoid complexity, most governments issue ‘fill in blank’ documents or ‘do it yourself’ forms wherein a person can create his or her will without much hassle. Since a will cannot be changed after the death of the testator, it is highly important that will forms are drafted with the utmost care and accuracy. The following points must be kept in mind while creating a will form:

  • Background information on the testator: The form must have provision for bearing all the relevant information (name, address, age, marital status, mental condition, etc) about the person whose will is executed in the form.
  • List of the property: The property to be disposed must be enlisted along with their estimated values. If the will has multiple inheritors then each inheritance should be mentioned distinctly in separate points. The nature of the inheritance must also be specified.
  • Information on the executor: The form must furnish all the information required about the person who would administer the execution of the will in the absence of the testator.
  • Information about the beneficiaries: The form must mention clearly the names and other relevant information about the persons who would benefit from the will along with the relationship they share with the testator.
  • Transfer of property: The form must also provide space to incorporate instructions regarding the transfer of estates and the way in which the testator intends to dispose his property.
  • Language: The language used in the will form must be lucid. All terms and conditions should be mentioned clearly without leaving any scope for misunderstanding or multi-interpretations

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