Kansas Last Will & Testament Information
Wills in Kansas allow the testator an opportunity to ensure their spouse, children, and other loved ones, are taken care of upon death. Kansas law allows you to leave property or gifts to charitable organizations. It can be used to protect and arrange a variety of things, but most importantly to express how assets such as your vehicles, property, business, and jewelry for example should be divided upon death.
A Kansas 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.
- A Kansas 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 Kansas, this means that the spouse is to inherit the deceased assets entirely if there are no children.
If you have a surviving spouse as well as a descendant, each receive half of your estate. If, however if you have neither, other relatives, including parents, siblings, and grandparents, will inherit depending on the closeness of the relation.
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