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New Jersey Last Will and Testament Template

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The New Jersey Last Will and Testament is a document that is created to state the wishes of how the estate of a testator will be distributed upon their death. This document addresses the distribution of assets such as fiduciary, real property, personal property and other measures of gifting to family, friends, charities and/or other organizations. The document would be distributed only at the wishes of the testator, by a chosen executor or representative. The document must be appropriately witnessed and signed by two credible witnesses. It must also be witnessed by a notary upon completion. The document may be revoked or changed, by the testator at any time, as long as they are of sound mind to do so.

Definition – Section 3B:1-2

Laws – Title 3B (Administration of Estates – Decedents and Others)

Signing (Section 3B:3-2) – Signed by Two (2) Witnesses

How to Write

Step 1 – Establishment of the statement of a testator is as simple as entering the full name of the testator at the top of the document as the beginning process of creation of the document- one would then provide:

  • The name of the testator
  • Their City and county of residence
  • Review by the testator of the remaining portion of the section
  • The testator must also carefully review the “Expenses and Taxes” section

Step 2 – Nominate and  Appoint an Executor–

  • Select and enter the testator’s choice for executor
  • Enter  their city
  • Their County
  • Provide the executor’s state

Select an Alternate Executor to ensure that there will be a trusted second to be certain that there will be someone available in the even that there will be availability if for any reason the initial executor becomes unable to serve – Enter the following:

  • Provide the name of the testator’s second selected executor
  • City
  • County
  • State

Step 3 – Disposition lists of Property that  testator declares provision to all of their chosen Beneficiaries:

Beneficiaries  – Enter the following information:

  • Provide a name for each beneficiary
  • Provide their address information
  • Provide the Beneficiary’s relationship to the testator
  • Enter the last four digits of the Social Security Number for each person
  • Provide a list of any property being gifted to each selected beneficiary according to the testator

Step 4 – All of the titled sections, as follows, should be reviewed by the testator:

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

Step 5 – Witnesses and  Signatures – Ant persons that shall serve as signatories, must all be present to sign this document. Enter the following:

  • Testator’s name
  • Date the testator’s signature in – dd/mm/yyyy format
  • Testator must sign their own signature
  • Testator’s printed name

Witnesses – Witnesses must read the statement provided and enter the following:

  • Signatures must be dated in dd/mm/yyyy format
  • Enter the testator’s name

Witness 1 – 

  • Signature
  • Address of witness

Witness 2 –

  • Signature
  • Address of witness

Step 6 – Testament Affidavit – This section should be reviewed by all parties involved:

  • State
  • County
  • Name of Testator
  • 1st Witness’ name
  • 2nd Witness’ name
  • Testator’s signature
  • 1st Witness signature
  • 2nd Witness signature

Step 7 – Notary Public –After witness of all signatures, the remaining portion of the document will be completed and authenticated by the state licensed notary public.