A Delaware Last Will and Testament is a legal document that allows an individual to declare how they would like their estate handled after their death. In Delaware, a will is governed by Title 12 of the Delaware Code. This code dictates that all Testators (individuals who are creating this document and dispersing their estate to a beneficiary) must be at least 18 years of age or older, and of sound mind. Once the Testator has completed their will, including all their wishes and directions, he or she will have the document attested by two (2) different witnesses before the validity of the will may take effect.
Completing a will in Delaware is a straightforward process though it requires the Testator to provide as much detail as possible. Because the Testator will not be able to clarify any details when the will is being executed, it is important for this document to be straightforward and clear. Additionally, Delaware does not mention the allowance of any handwritten or oral wills, which means that the Testator's will must be printed. To complete a will, the first thing that the Testator must do is provide their full name and address. Once they've provided this information, the Testator will then list all of their wishes in regards to their estate. These wishes may include what is to happen to their property, assets, children, and any other aspect that may involve their estate. Once all of the Testator's wishes have been documented, he or she may sign it, followed by two witnesses. Once all parties have signed according to Delaware law, the will may take effect.