Kentucky Last Will and Testament Template

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Updated March 16, 2023

A Kentucky last will and testament is an estate-planning document used by a testator (the person to whom the will belongs) to direct the distribution of their personal and real property, fiduciary assets, cash-on-hand, and other assets after their death. A will serves to designate the beneficiaries of the testator’s estate, such as spouses, children, friends, pets, and even charitable organizations. A testator can determine on their will the portion of the estate each beneficiary shall receive and appoint a chosen personal executor to carry out their will in accordance with Kentucky state law. A will can be notarized as an optional measure to further cement its legality; however, a will must be witnessed and signed by two (2) individuals in order to be legally binding in the State of Kentucky.

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Signing Requirements

By Two (2) or more credible Witnesses in the presence of each other and in the presence of the testator. (Section 394.040)

State Definition

Will” means a last will or testament, codicil, appointment by will, writing in the nature of a will in exercise of a power, and any other testamentary disposition.

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