A Florida Last Will and Testament is a legal document that allows an individual to declare how they would like their estate handled after their death. The individual dictating what they'd like done with their items, known as a Testator, has full flexibility in stating what they'd like done with their estate. Florida Last Wills are governed by Chapter 732 of the Florida Statutes, which dictate that all Testators must be at least 18 years of age or older, or they are an emancipated minor. These statutes also dictate that all wills must be signed by two witnesses; the Testator must sign in the presence of his or her witnesses, and the witnesses must sign in the presence of the Testator. Although Florida does not recognize oral wills, even in emergency situations. Additionally, the state will accept a handwritten will if it is written in the Testator's handwriting and in alignment with the state's requirements.
Completing a last will and testament in Florida is a simple process, yet requires attention to detail. The first thing that a Testator would need to document is their full name and address. Once they've provided this information, they will go into detail about exactly who will inherit their assets, property, and other possessions that they have. If the Testator has preferences on what should be done during their funeral or repass, they may state these wishes here too. Once the document is complete, the Testator, and witnesses will all sign in the presence of one another, and the document's validity may take effect.