Illinois Last Will & Testament Information
It is important to put together a last will & testament in Illinois to protect and distribute your real estate, cash, and personal property following your death. Illinois wills allow the testator the chance to ensure their loved ones, and pets are looked after.
An Illinois 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 witnesses should not also be beneficiaries in the will.
- 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.
- An Illinois resident may bequeath their assets to any beneficiaries, provided they are not witnesses in the will.
If you die before creating a will, you are ‘intestate’. In Illinois, if you have a surviving spouse and a child, your estate will be halved; if you have only a surviving spouse or a descendant, he or she would receive the entire estate. If you die without a spouse, then other relatives will inherit the estate, such as siblings and grandparents.
Click here if you have any questions about creating a last will in Illinois.