How do I Create a Basic Will in Maine?

By Joseph Nicholson

If you are a resident of Maine, unless you create a will, your assets will be distributed after your death according to the laws of intestacy contained in Part 1 of Title 18-A, Article 2 of the Maine Revised Statutes. A basic will in Maine can be made by anyone over 18 years of age. It must be in writing, and must be signed by the person making the will and at least two credible witnesses.

Step 1

Inventory your estate. Before you start drafting your will, it's a good idea to make a list of all the assets you own. Also make a list of the people or entities to which you'd like to leave any part of your estate.

Step 2

Start the will document by stating your name, that this document is your last will and testament, and that you revoke all previous wills and codicils.

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Step 3

Dispose of property by category. An efficient way to dispose of your estate is to group it into categories of property, such as real estate, stocks, household items, cash and other items. You can incorporate a separate list of property by referencing it in the will, as long as the list is in existence at the time you sign the will. Include a section for any property not named in the will, if applicable, and name a beneficiary.

Step 4

Execute the will by signing it in the presence of two credible witnesses. The witnesses may be people who receive property in the will, but should be of sound mind and not convicted of a felony or crime of moral turpitude. There is no age restrictions for witnesses, but they must be generally capable of being a witness, which means they must be capable of understanding the legal effect of their signature.

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