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What constitutes a legal will?

On Behalf of | Jul 17, 2018 | Probate |

Creating a will is something important you can do to look out for your loved ones after you die. The process is actually not that difficult, even though it is made to seem like a huge legal process. In fact, according to the Ohio State Bar Association, anyone can create a legally binding will on their own with little help.

To begin with, you will need to write down your will and sign it for it to be legal. You also have to be at least 18 years old, which is the legal age of an adult in the state. In addition, you have to create the will on your own accord without anyone forcing you to do so or influencing you to do so. Your will also need to have two people who do not hold a stake in the will, meaning they are not being left anything and the will has no impact on them personally, sign it.

The document will be valid if all these things are done, but it can be revoked. You can revoke it by creating a new will or destroying it physically. Do note that physical destruction has to be done willfully by you with the intent of revoking the will. For example, if your will is destroyed in an accidental house fire, then it remains valid despite being burnt up.

Keep in mind that anyone who is capable and of legal age can create a will. You do not need to have specific assets or children. You can create a will at any time. As long as it meets the requirements, it will be honored upon your death. This information is for education and is not legal advice.

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