Maine Last Will & Testament Information
In Maine, the creation of a will enables you to leave your assets to your relatives, spouse, children, friends and those beloved pets following your death. You may also leave your assets or donations to charitable organizations, and even arrange a trust for the care of your pets.
A Maine Last Will & Testament includes the following requirements:
- The testator must be eighteen years old or older.
- 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.
- Another requirement to make the Will valid is that it must be in written format.
- A Maine resident may bequeath their assets to any beneficiaries.
In Maine, if the deceased is survived by a spouse only, they inherit everything; alternately, if survived by children but no spouse, the children inherit everything. If the survived by both spouse and children, the spouse receives $50,000 of the intestate property plus 1/2 of the balance. The children inherit the rest.
If there are no surviving spouse, children, or parents, the entire estate is inherited by siblings, and then so forth down the line depending on the degree of relation to the decedent.
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