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Montana Last Will and Testament Template

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The Montana last will and testament is a document that is considered legal in the state of Montana in determining how a testator will distribute his or her estate upon death. This document will provide information as to exactly what portion of their estate will be be provided to their beneficiaries. The document will provide continued protection to immediate family members as well, it may state property that they may wish to provide as gifts to friends or charitable organizations. This document will require two witnesses and the witness of a notary public. It may also be revoked or changed at any time.

Definition – § 72-1-103(56)

Laws – Title 72 (Estates, Trusts, and Fiduciary Relationships)

Signing (Section 72-2-522) – Needs at least Two (2) or more credible Witnesses.

How to Write

Step 1 – The document may be established the testator by placing their name at the top of the document, followed by provision of the following:

  • Name of Testator in the next line
  • City where the testator resides
  • County where the testator resides
  • Testator should carefully review the remaining portion of the section
  • Testator should read Expenses and Taxes

Step 2 – Appointment of  an Executor –

  • Provide Executor’s Name
  • City of residence
  • County where Executor resides
  • Executor’s State

Alternate Executor – A second Executor may be needed if for any reason the initial executor is unable to provide services

  • Name of Alternate Executor
  • City of Executor
  • County of Executor
  • State of Executor’s residence

Step 3 – Disposition of Property that will be Provided to Respective Beneficiaries:

Beneficiaries  – Enter the following information:

  • Enter full name
  • Current address
  • Relation to testator
  • Enter the last four digits of  SSN
  • List any property being bequeathed to each beneficiary

The Testator may read the remaining information regarding  how property would be distributed should any beneficiary predecease the testator

Step 4 – Testator must carefully read all of the titled sections that are an important part of this document as follows:

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

Step 5 – Witness Signatures – Signing parties must all be present to sign this document. The following information is required:

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

Witnesses – Each witness must review the short statement –

  • Document must first be dated in dd/mm/yyyy format
  • Enter testator’s name

Witness 1 – 

  • Signature of witness
  • Witness address

Witness 2 –

  • Witness’ Signature
  • Witness’ Physical Address

Step 6 – Testament Affidavit – All signing parties should first read the affidavit and provide the following:

  • State
  • County
  • Testator’s name
  • Name of Witness 1
  • Name of Witness 2
  • Testator Signature
  • Witness number 1 Signature
  • Witness number 2 Signature

Step 7 – Notary – Shall complete and authenticate the remainder of the form.