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Missouri Last Will and Testament Template

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The Missouri Last Will and Testament is a legal document that is written by a testator (the person who is creating the document), to clearly set forth how they wish their property to be distributed upon their death. Some of the arrangements to be made would be for things such as fiduciary assets, life insurance for the protection of the remaining family members, digital property, real estate and personal property. These are items that are vital to an estate and must be properly distributed by an executor for the continued protection of family, friends. One may even make a final or continuing donation to a charity in this document. In order to ensure proper acknowledgment, this document must be signed by two witnesses and as well, will require notarization

Definition – § 472.010

LawsTitle XXXI Chapter 474 (Sections 310-530)

Guide to Wills – Provided by the Missouri BAR.

Signing (Section 474.320) – Two (2) competent Witnesses in the presence of the testator.

How to Write

 Step 1 – Testator -Enter the legal name of the testator on the line at the top of the document along with the following:

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

Step 2 – Nomination of Representative (Executor)–

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

Alternate Executor –If the initial representative, for whatever reason is unable to serve, provide information for a second

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

Step 3 – Disposition of Property –

Beneficiary’s Information

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

Step 4 – Testator should review all of the following:

  • 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 signatories must be present.

  • 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 and provide the following –

  • 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 and provide the following:

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

Step 7 – Notarization – Once the notary public has witnessed all signatures they shall then complete the remainder of the document.