Iowa Last Will and Testament Template

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Updated March 16, 2023

An Iowa last will and testament is a legal document set forth by a testator (the person creating the will) that ensures his or her personal and real property, fiduciary assets and/or any cash on hand, digital property, and any other property will go to selected beneficiaries upon death. On their will, a testator can set instructions on how to distribute assets/property among spouses, family, friends, and even charitable organizations. Iowa law dictates wills must be signed by the testator in the presence of at least two (2) competent and credible witnesses; both of whom will sign the document as well. Though optional, a testator can have their will acknowledged by a notary public for an extra layer of legal protection.

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Signing Requirements

Must be signed by Two (2) competent persons in the presence of the testator and in the presence of each other. (Section 633.279)

State Definition

Will” includes codicil; it also includes a testamentary instrument that merely appoints an executor, and a testamentary instrument that merely revokes or revives another will.

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