Nevada Last Will and Testament Template

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A Nevada Last Will and Testament is a crucial legal document used for estate-planning purposes in which a testator (the person to whom the will belongs) sets forth into writing how they would like for their property to be distributed among selected beneficiaries upon the testator’s death. A will allows the testator to record instructions regarding the after-death distribution of their real and property, life insurance policies, digital assets, fiduciary accounts, cash-on-hand, and much more. Through making a will, a testator will name beneficiaries of their estate; some of the common individuals considered beneficiaries include spouses, children, friends, and even charitable organizations. Will documents must be signed by the testator in the presence of two (2) separate witnesses under Nevada law in order to be legally binding. Both witnesses must provide their signatories on the document as well. Though optional, a will can be acknowledged by a state-authorized notary public to further protect its legality.

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Laws

Definition – (NRS 132.370) – “Will” means a formal document that provides for the distribution of the property of a decedent upon the death of the decedent. The term includes a codicil and a 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 (NRS 133.040) – Attested by at least two competent witnesses who subscribe their names to the will in the presence of the testator.

Statutes – Title 12 (Wills and Estates of Deceased Person

How to Write

Step 1 – Establish the owner of the document by entering the name of the testator at the top of the document and continue by providing:

  • The Testator’s name
  • City
  • County
  • Testator must read the remainder of the section
  • Testator must review “Expenses and Taxes”

Step 2 – Appoint an Executor (representative) –

  • Provide the name of your selected representative
  • Executor’s City of residence
  • County whereas the Executor resides
  • State of residence

Choose an Alternate Executor– A second Representative should be named so that if for any reason, the initial representative is unable to execute the demands of  the estate as stated by the testator

  • Name Alternate Executor and provide their location by –
  • City
  • County
  • State

Step 3 – List Disposition of Property to be Provided to all Beneficiaries:

Beneficiaries  – Enter the following information:

  • Provide each beneficiary’s  full name (respectively)
  • Physical Address
  • Beneficiary’s relation to testator
  • Enter the last four digits of the SSN for each beneficiary
  • List all property being bequeathed to the respecitve beneficiary

Testator may read the remaining information so that they understand distribution of a beneficiary who is deceased before the testator

Step 4 – Titled  sections should be read by the testator as they continue to create their document and prior to signatures:

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

Step 5 – Signatures – Any person providing signature to the document, must be present at the time of the signing. The following information will be required:

  • Enter the name of the testator
  • Testator must date their signature – dd/mm/yyyy format
  • Testator must enter their signature
  • Print the name of the testator

Witnesses – Must read the brief statement prior to provision of signatures

  • Signatures must first be dated in dd/mm/yyyy format
  • Provide the name of testator

Witness 1 – 

  • Signature of witness
  • Witness address

Witness 2 –

  • Signature of witness
  • Witness Address

Step 6 – Testament Affidavit – All parties should first read the affidavit. Provide the following:

  • Their State
  • Their County
  • Name of Testator
  • Name of Witness 1
  • Name of Witness 2
  • ENTER
  • Signature of testator
  • Signature of 1st witness
  • Signature of 2nd witness

Step 7 (Optional) – Notary Public – shall witness all signatures and complete the form by affixing the state seal.

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