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Colorado Last Will and Testament Template

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The Colorado last will and testament is a legal document that allows the testator to communicate your wishes with regard to how you would wish to distribute any aspect of your personal, fiduciary, real property. This document will ensure all that you leave behind, that is intended for the care of your family, friends, domestic partners, charities or whomever else you may choose, will be properly directed according to your wishes and desires. This document will require the witness of two people and witness of a notary public.

Definition – § 15-10-201(59)

LawsCRS Title 15 (Probate, Trusts, and Fiduciaries)

Signing (§15-11-502) – At least two individuals, each of whom signed within a reasonable time after he or she witnessed the testator’s signing of the will or it can be signed before a notary public or other individual authorized by law.

How to Write

Step 1 – Place the name of the Testator at the top of the form and continue by entering the following

  • Testator
  • City
  • County
  • Testator must review the remaining information
  • Read the “Expenses and Taxes” area of the form

Step 2 – Appoint an Executor –

  • Enter the full name of the appointee
  • City
  • County
  • State

Alternate Executor – provide an alternate executor and their information in case an alternate is needed

  • Name of alternate
  • City of alternate’s residence
  • County and State of alternate’s residence

Step 3 – Disposition Property

Beneficiaries – Provide all of the following information for each beneficiary listed as follows:

  • Name
  • Current Physical address
  • Relationship to testator
  • Enter the last four digits of SSN for each beneficiary
  • Testator must provide property being bequeathed to each beneficiary individually

Testator must review the remaining information regarding how testator’s property may be distributed if a beneficiary dies before the testator

Step 4 – The following titled sections of the form must be reviewed by the testator

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

Step 5 – Signatures/Witnesses – Signatories must all be present prior to providing the following information:

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

Witnesses – Read the brief statement –

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

Witness 1 – 

  • Witness Signature
  • Witness’ address

Witness 2 –

  • Witness Signature
  • Witness’ address

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

  • State
  • County
  • Name of testator
  • Name of Witness 1
  • Name of Witness 2
  • AND ENTER
  • Testator Signature
  • Witness 1 Signature
  • Witness 2 Signature

Step 7 – Notarization – Once all signatures have been entered, the notary public will complete the form with acknowledgement

 


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