List your assets and decide who you want to receive them after your death and in what quantity. Although many people name relatives and friends as beneficiaries, you can leave property to anyone you choose, in addition to organizations such as charities.
Start the will with a section that states your full name and complete address. Then state the following document is your will and you revoke all previous wills and related amendments you have prepared.
Compose another section that indicates who will pay your funeral expenses and other debts. This person is your executor and you can select more than one.
Create a section that identifies who you want to take care of your minor children, if you have any. Obtaining permission from the guardian or guardians in advance is preferable.
Compose additional sections that indicate how you want your assets distributed and to whom. Use clear, unambiguous language to avoid creating an opportunity for someone to challenge the will later. For example, write "I give" instead of "I wish that."
Complete another section beginning with words similar to "I leave the remainder of my estate to," followed by a recipient. This residuary clause helps to ensure any assets you failed to mention elsewhere in the document will be distributed according to your wishes.
Sign and date the will when you have finished including all relevant information. Executing a will requires signing it in the presence of at least two witnesses, both of whom must not be recipients of any property you distribute in the will and both of whom must not be able to benefit from your future death. After the witnesses observe you signing the will, they must also sign it while you and both of them are present.