Arizona Last Will and Testament Template

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Updated July 26, 2022

An Arizona last will and testament is a legal document used for planning the distribution of personal, digital, fiduciary, and real property after death. The document allows the Testator (person to whom the will belongs) to provide for their family members, friends, and even charitable organizations by putting this document into effect. Beneficiaries of a will typically receive a portion, sometimes all, of the testator’s property in accordance with the testator’s intended wishes. Wills require two (2) witnesses in order to be legally binding under Arizona law, and it may be revoked at any time by the testator. Though optional, a will can also be acknowledged by a notary public to add additional legal protection.

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Laws

Definition – (§ 14-1201(70)) – “Will” includes a codicil and any testamentary instrument that merely appoints an executor, revokes or revises another will, nominates a guardian or expressly excludes or limits the right of an individual or class to succeed to property of the decedent passing by intestate succession. A will may be a paper will or an electronic will.

Signing Requirements (§ 14-2502) – Two (2) Witnesses.

Statutes – Title 14 – Trusts, Estates and Protective Proceedings

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Step 1 – Testator – Enter the name of the testator in the line at the top of the form

  • Name of Testator
  • City
  • County
  • Testator must carefully read the remainder of the paragraph
  • Review Expenses and Taxes section of the document

Step 2 – Nomination of Executor –

  • Enter the name of the executor
  • Name of the representative’s city
  • County
  • State

Alternate Representative – Name a second representative in case the initial representative becomes unable or unwilling to any longer serve –

  • Enter the full legal name of the alternate appointee
  • Name of appointee’s city
  • County
  • State

Step 3 – Disposition of Property For All Named Beneficiaries –

1st Beneficiary 

  • Full name
  • Current address
  • Relationship to testator
  • Enter the last four digits of all beneficiaries
  • Enter the list of property being bequeathed to each

The Testator must read the remaining information with regard to how property is to be distributed in the event any beneficiary should pass away before the testator:

Step 4 – Testator must carefully review the following titles within the document:

  • Omission
  • Bond
  • Discretionary Powers of Personal Representative
  • Contesting Beneficiary
  • Guardian Ad Litem  Not Required
  • Gender
  • Assignment
  • Governing Law
  • Binding Arrangement

Step 5 – Witnesses/Signatures – All signatories must be present to sign the document:

  • Enter the testator’s name
  • Date testator’s signature in dd/mm/yyyy format
  • Testator’s Signature
  • Print testator’s name

Witnesses – Must read the brief statement and enter the following:

  • Date the document in dd/mm/yyyy format
  • Provide the name of the testator

Witness 1 – 

  • Witness Signature
  • Current Address

Witness 2 –

  • Witness Signature
  • Current Address

Step 6 – Testament Affidavit – Once all parties have reviewed the affidavit the following information is required:

  • State
  • County
  • Name of testator
  • Name of Witness 1
  • Name of Witness 2
  • Next Enter – 
  • Testator Signature
  • Witness 1 Signature
  • Witness 2 Signature

Step 7 (Optional) – Notarization – To complete the document, the notary must complete the remainder of the form after witnessing of signatures.

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