A Massachusetts Last Will and Testament is a document that states how an individual wishes to have their estate handled after their death. In Massachusetts, the laws that govern these documents are Chapters 190B and 191 of Massachusetts General Laws. These statutes require each individual who is creating one of these documents, also known as a Testator, must be at least 18 years of age and be of sound mind. The term 'sound mind' does not mean that the Testator cannot have a mental challenge, it simply means that the Testator must have the mental capacity to at least understand the document he or she is creating. In Massachusetts, at least two (2) disinterested witnesses must sign the will, in addition to the Testator, so that the document may take effect.
In order to complete a last will in Massachusetts, the first thing that the Testator must provide is their full name and address. After they provide this information, they will name an Executor to carry out the responsibilities of the will. Next, the Testator will declare who their beneficiaries are and what each will receive. If the Testator intends to disinherit someone, this information will also be provided in this section. Once all the information has been provided, the Testator, along with his or her two (2) witnesses, and the document may then be able to take effect.