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Ohio Last Will and Testament Template

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The Ohio Last Will and Testament is a document that is written by a testator to ensure that their estate will be properly distributed according to the wishes of the testator after their death. The document is set fourth in preparation to be certain that their personal property, real property, accounts of a fiduciary nature and any other valued property will continue to protect their families. In the same the testator may decide to show appreciation by bequeathing donations to charities or any other organization. Upon completion the document must be witnessed by two separate witnesses and a notary public acknowledgement is required.

LawsChapter 2107 (Wills)

Signing (ORC 2107.03) – Signed by the Testator and by Two (2) or more competent Witnesses in the presence of the Testator.

How to Write

Step 1 – Ownership of the document may be established by entering the name of the testator at the top of the document in the field provided and must be followed by:

  • The name of the testator
  • City
  • County
  • Review the remainder of the paragraph
  • Review the Expenses and Taxes section

Step 2 – Appointment of  an Executor –

  • Testator must enter the name of their selected executor
  • City
  • County
  • State

Choice of an alternate representative would ensure that there will always be a trusted executor to distribute the estate in the manor in which the testator has expressed, in the event that the initially selected executor is at any time, unable to properly perform the estate’s distribution- Enter the following information:

  • Name the alternate executor
  • The City
  • The County
  • Alternate Executor’s State

Step 3 – Disposition of Property – Beneficiaries:

Beneficiaries  – The following information will be required:

  • Name each beneficiary
  • Enter an address for all listed beneficiaries
  • Relationship to the testator
  • Enter the last four digits of the SSN for all beneficiaries
  • List description(s) of any property that the testator will gift to each beneficiary respectively

Step 4 – Review all of the titled areas, as follows:

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

Step 5 – Signatures – Persons who shall serve as signatories, must all be present at the time of the signing on completion. Provide the following:

  • Testator
  • Date testator’s signature – dd/mm/yyyy
  • Signature (Testator)
  • Print the testator’s name

Witnesses – Witnesses must review the statement then provide:

  • The signatures must be dated – dd/mm/yyyy
  • Enter name of testator

Witness 1 – 

  • Signature of witness
  •  Address

Witness 2 –

  • Signature of witness
  • Address

Step 6 – Affidavit of Testament – Must be carefully reviewed by all. The following must be provided:

  • State
  • County
  • Name of Testator
  • 1st Witness’ name
  • 2nd Witness’ name
  • Also provide:
  • Testator’s own signature
  • 1st Witness signature
  • 2nd Witness signature

Step 7 – Notary Public – The remainder of the document, after all signatures have been witnessed, will be completed and acknowledged by the notary public.