A Last Will and Testament in Arkansas may be a legally binding document that allows an individual, known as a Testator, to state exactly what he or she wants once they pass away. In Arkansas, a last will is governed by Chapter 25 of the Arkansas Code (28-25-101). All Testators in Arkansas are required to be 18 years of age or older and be of sound mind to be able to create a will. In order to validate a will, two (2) or more witnesses must sign in the presence of the Testator. Like many other states, Arkansas does not recognize oral wills, however, handwritten wills are recognized if they meet certain requirements. Handwritten wills, formally known as Holographic Wills, are only valid if the entire will is written and signed by the Testator's hand and three (3) credible witnesses who are not named as beneficiaries in the will.
Completing a last will and testament is a straightforward process that allows a person to state exactly what they wish to be done to their belongings, personal property, assets and other things that pertain to their estate. The first thing that the Testator will need to provide in order to complete a will is their full name as well as their full address. Next, they will complete sections that will describe exactly how they'd like their estate handled. This section will differ for every Testator, however, this section can cover everything from funeral and repass wishes to who will care for the Testator's children. Once all of the Testator's wishes have been documented, he or she will sign the document and have the document witnessed before it will begin effect.