Hawaii Last Will and Testament Template

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A Hawaii Last Will and Testament is an essential estate-planning document that allows the individual to whom the will belongs, known as the “Testator,” to leave detailed instructions on how their personal and real property, fiduciary accounts, and even digital property will be properly distributed upon death according to their intended wishes. By drafting a will, a testator can designate the individuals who will inherit a portion, sometimes all, of the estate; the beneficiaries of the testator’s estate are typically spouses, children, blood relatives, and even charitable organizations. This document will require two (2) witness signatories, and both witnesses must be present when the testator signs and executes the document. A testator may have their will document notarized to add an extra layer of legal protection.

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Laws

Definition – § 560:1-201 – “Will” includes 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.

Signing Requirements (HI Section 560:2-502) – Signed by at least two (2) Witnesses.

Statutes – Chapter 560 (Uniform Probate Code)

(Video) How to Make a Will in Hawaii

How to Write

Step 1 – Establishment of Testator -Write or type the full legal name of the testator (the person for whom the will is being established) at the top of the document. You would then enter the following information:

  • Name of Testator
  • City of Residence
  • County of Residence
  • Testator must carefully review the remainder of the paragraph as well as the Expenses and Taxes section

Step 2 – Nomination and Appointment of Personal Representative (Executor)–

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

Alternate Executor – in the event the initial representative becomes unable, ill or even unwilling to serve as the initial chosen representative to the estate

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

Step 3 – Disposition of Property to Beneficiaries –

1 st Beneficiary 

  • Full legal name
  • Current address
  • Relation to testator
  • Enter the last four digits of their SSN
  • Enter the property being bequeathed
  • AND

2nd Beneficiary –

  • Full legal name
  • Current address
  • Relation to testator
  • Enter the last four digits of SSN
  • Enter the property being bequeathed
  • AND

3d Beneficiary –

  • Full legal name
  • Current address
  • Relation to testator
  • Enter the last four digits of SSN
  • Enter the property being bequeathed

The Testator must review the remaining information pertaining to how property is distributed in the event any member of their group of beneficiaries pre-decease the testator.

Step 4 – Testator must carefully review the following sections prior to any application of signatures:

  • 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 – All signatories must be present prior to any signing of this documentation. Enter the following:

  • Enter the testator’s name
  • Date of testator’s signature in dd/mm/yyyy format
  • Testator Signature
  • Testator (Printed Name)

Witnesses – The witnesses must review the brief statement –

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

Witness 1 – 

  • Witness Signature
  • Address

Witness 2 –

  • Witness Signature
  • Address

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

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

Step 7 (Optional) – Notarization – As the notary public has witnessed all signatures they shall complete the remainder of the document and authenticate it by affixing their commission and state seal

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