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Sample Wills and Clauses

It is best to get legal help in making a will. The following sample wills may give you some idea of how a will should look. They do not apply to all cases, although they cover most simple situations. The text in bold should not be included in any will as it is for explanation purposes only.

Testator leaves everything to his spouse (or some other adult beneficiary)

This will dated Wednesday 10 May 1999 is made by me John Smith of 3 Brown Street Jonesville, truck driver.

1. I revoke all former testamentary dispositions. (revocation clause)

2. I appoint as my executor my son Peter Smith of 4 Black Street Jonesville. (appointment of executor)

3. I give the whole of my estate to my wife Grace Smith. (dispositive clause)

Signed by the testator in our joint presence and attested by us in the presence of him and of each other. (attestation clause) ........................... (testator signs here)

(two witnesses sign here)

NOTE: This is a basic will, and many other clauses could be included, depending on the circumstances and the wishes of the testator. It makes no provision for other possible beneficiaries or what should happen if the spouse/beneficiary dies before the testator.

Testator leaves a cash legacy and the balance to her children

This will dated Wednesday 10 May 1990 is made by me Grace Smith of 3 Brown Street Jonesville, shop assistant.

1. I revoke all former testamentary dispositions. (revocation clause)

2. I appoint as my executors my son Peter Smith of 4 Black Street Jonesville and my daughter Mary Jones of 4 White Street Jonesville. (appointment of executors)

3. I give $5000 to James Black of 5 Gray Street Jonesville. (pecuniary legacy)

4. I give the residue of my estate after payment of all my debts, funeral and testamentary expenses equally to my two children Peter Smith and Mary Jones. (residuary clause)

Signed by the testatrix in our joint presence and attested by us in the presence of her and of each other ……….....…… (testatrix signs here) (attestation clause)

(two witnesses sign here)

Sample Wills and Clauses  :  Last Revised: Fri May 30th 2014
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