When writing your will, it is important to consider who will act as executor. This is a position of great responsibility as the probate court will often appoint this person to distribute your assets according to your instructions. You should therefore appoint someone you trust to do the job with accuracy and also with fidelity.
Each state has its own requirements regarding who can make a will and how it should be presented. Some states allow handwritten wills with signatures and witnesses, while others have allowed them even without a signature. The number of witnesses required also varies from state to state, as does the age at which a person can make a will.
Wills that do not fulfill all the requirements of the state you were resident in at the time the will was created run the risk of being declared invalid by the courts. Similarly, wills that attempt to dispose of assets not under the control of the deceased, and therefore not under the control of your estate after your death, may be ruled wholly or partially invalid.
Because there are so many pitfalls when it comes time to write your own last will and testament, consulting an attorney in your state can be beneficial. However, if this is not possible or desirable, familiarizing yourself with state regulations and laws on wills will help you avoid any potential problems that could otherwise prevent your will from being accepted in probate court.