State Requirements for a Last Will

State Requirements for a Last Will

by LegalZoom Staff, May 2015

A last will and testament basically has the same function no matter where you live, but there may be state variations. That's why it's important to abide by state regulations when filling out your will or you may have an invalid will. Fortunately, when you create your last will and testament with LegalZoom, we make sure your will conforms to your state's regulations. However, you may be interested in exploring how a will works in your state. Below, you'll find useful links to state-specific last will information.

Alabama Alaska Arizona
Arkansas California Colorado
Connecticut Delaware Florida
Georgia Hawaii Idaho
Illinois Indiana Iowa
Kansas Kentucky Louisiana
Maine Maryland Massachusetts
Michigan Minnesota Mississippi
Missouri Montana Nebraska
Nevada New Hampshire New Mexico
New Jersey New York North Carolina
North Dakota Ohio Oklahoma
Oregon Pennsylvania Rhode Island
South Carolina South Dakota Tennessee
Texas Utah Vermont
Virginia Washington West Virginia
Wisconsin Wyoming District of Columbia

The above links will give you a nice overview of the purpose of a will in your state, the requirements, and how to change or revoke your will. You'll also find information regarding probate and estate taxes. Finally, we discuss intestacy in your state, which basically explains what could happen if you died without a will in your state. More information can be found at various state government sites, but this should provide you with much of the information you need to be well-informed.


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