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.