A Michigan Last Will and Testament is a document that allows an individual, referred to in this instance as a Testator, to protect their assets, personal property and other items of their estate by creating a legally enforced document that will dictate their wishes after their death. By doing this, the Testator is able to ensure that their belongings will be distributed as they wish to ensure that their family and loved ones are taken care of. In Michigan, Act 386 dictates that all Testators must be over the age of 18 and be of sound mind. Furthermore, these documents must be signed by a Testator and two (2) additional witnesses. In Michigan, Oral Wills, also known as Nuncupative Wills are not recognized. Michigan will, however, recognize Handwritten Wills, formally known as Holographic Wills if these documents are dated and signed by the Testator and these documents are in the Testator's handwriting.
The first thing that a Testator will need to do in order to complete a last will in Michigan is to provide their full name and address. Next, the Testator will need to name their Executor; this is the person who will carry out the responsibilities of the will. After an Executor has been named, the Testator will detail what will happen to his or her assets. This section can even detail a Testator's wishes about their funeral and repass. Once all the Testator's wishes have been documented, he or she will sign the document, followed by their witnesses, so the document may then take effect