Arkansas Last Will and Testament Template

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The Arkansas Last Will and Testament is a legal document, created by a testator (person to whom the will belongs), that specifically states instructions on how to distribute all of their financial accounts, real and personal property, as well as any other assets among the designated beneficiaries who are named in the will. A testator’s property can be transferred upon their death to relatives, friends, charitable organizations, or whomever the testator determines should inherit certain property. It is required for the document to be signed in the presence of two (2) competent witnesses under Arkansas law. Though optional, a testator can also have the will notarized to further verify its legality.

Table of Contents

Laws

Definition – § 28-1-102(20) – “Will” includes a codicil.

Inheritance Guide – Refer to this guide for common questions about estates.

Signing Requirements (§ 28-25-102) – Two (2) Witnesses must be present when the testator signs the document.

Statutes – Title 28 – Wills, Estates, and Fiduciary Relationships

(Video) How to Make a Will in Arkansas

How to Write

Step 1 –  Enter the name of the testator at the top of the form along with the following:

  • Name of Testator
  • City
  • County
  • Testator must carefully review the remaining information to include Expenses and Taxes information

Step 2 – Appointment of Personal Representative (Executor) –

  • Name the Executor
  • City where executor resides
  • County of residence
  • State of document execution

Alternate Representative – Enter a backup executor in the even the initial executor becomes unable to serve 

  • Enter the name of the alternate
  • City
  • County
  • State of residence

Step 3 – Disposition of Property for Beneficiaries

Beneficiaries Information

  • Full name
  • Address
  • Relation to testator
  • Enter the last four digits of  each beneficiary’s SSN
  • Enter the property bequeathed respectively

The Testator must review the information pertaining distribution of property if a beneficiary predeceases the testator

Step 4 – Each titled section must be carefully reviewed by the testator

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

Step 5 – Signatures/Witnesses – All who will be signing must be present:

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

Witnesses – Each must read the brief statement –

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

Witness 1 – 

  • Witness Signature
  • Physical Address

Witness 2 –

  • Witness Signature
  • Physical Address

Step 6 – Testament Affidavit – All parties must review the affidavit and complete the following:

  • State
  • County
  • Testator’s Name
  • Name Witness 1
  • Name Witness 2
  • AND ENTER
  • Testator Signature
  • Witness 1 Signature
  • Witness 2 Signature

Step 7 (Optional) – Notarization – Notary public shall complete the remaining portion of the document

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