An Idaho 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 the state of Idaho, last wills are governed by Title 15 of the Idaho Uniform Probate Code. These statues require the Testator, the person declaring their wishes, to be at least 18 years old or an emancipated minor and of sound mind. The state of Idaho does not recognize oral wills, however, the state does recognize handwritten wills, formally known as Holographic Wills. Unlike other states which will accept holographic wills if they are held to the same standards as a formal last will, Idaho recognizes Holographic wills as long as the will and signature are written in the handwriting of the Testator. In Idaho, a Holographic Will needs to be signed by at least two (2) witnesses.
In Idaho, completing a Last Will and Testament is a straightforward process, that requires simple, but important information from the Testator. The first piece of information that will be required of the Testator will be his or her full name and address. Once this information has been provided, the Testator will need to appoint an Executor. Appointing an Executor is necessary because this is the individual charged with carrying out the responsibilities of the will and estate. If no individual is appointed, the state will appoint an Executor. After the Testator has appointed an Executor, he or she will then list their wishes in regards to their estate. These wishes can pertain to their assets, property, funeral, and even the repass. This section will also detail any beneficiaries, who inherits what, and who will be disinherited. Once all of the Testator's wishes have been documented, he or she, along with both witnesses will sign, and the document may take effect.