A Kentucky Last Will and Testament is an important legal document that an individual, known as a Testator, will create to ensure that their belongings, assets, property, and items of value go to the beneficiaries of their choosing. Kentucky Last Will and Testament documents are governed by Chapter 394 of the Kentucky Revised Statutes. These statutes dictate that a Testator must be over the age of 18 and of sound mind. The state will allow individuals under the age of 18 to create a will, but there are specific requirements and certain limitations as to the powers that a Testator under the age of 18 will have. Additionally, these statutes specify the type of wills that the state will and will not recognize. For example, Oral Wills, also known as Nuncupative Wills, are not recognized by the state of Kansas. However, these statutes dictate that Handwritten Wills, formally known as Holographic Wills will be enforced as long as the entirety of the document is written in the Testator's handwriting.
To complete a last will in Kentucky, the first thing that a Testator must do is provide their full name and address. This helps identify the Testator and eliminate any confusion if the courts encounter another Testator with the same name. Next, the Testator will name an Executor who will carry out the various responsibilities of the will. Next, the Testator will detail all of their wishes in regards to their estate. This portion will name beneficiaries and specify their inheritance. Testators may also detail their wishes in regards to their funeral and repass services. Finally, the Testator will sign the document, and follow with the signatures of two (2) witnesses.