I need a very basic will that outlines who is going to take care of my pets and who inherits my property.
Most online wills will have instructions with them on how to make them legal in the state they intend to be used. Most states need the will signed in front of two people as witnesses and the witnesses must sign the will.
A will in Washington does not need to be notarized, but it does need to be witnessed by 2 witnesses (over age 18 and not beneficiaries). They must witness your signature and they must sign in your presence and at your request. It is helpful (to make the will self proving at the time of your death) for them to sign a declaration that is then notarized. It is best for you to have an attorney prepare and execute the will so that it is done properly.
If you create a free online will then it should have instructions for your state. Of course, the old adage, you get what youpay for might apply here, so I suggest you splurge alittle to make sure your pets are properly taken care of (as you wish it) and not become wards of the state.
Legal disclaimer: This answer does not constitute legal advice. I am admitted to practice law in the State of Missouri only, and make no attempt to opine on matters of law that are not relevant to Missouri. This answer is based on general principles of law that may or may not relate to your specific situation, and is for promotional purposes only. You should never rely on this answer alone and nothing in these communications creates an attorney-client relationship. less
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