A Minnesota Last Will and Testament is a legal document that allows an individual, known as a Testator, to create a legally enforced document that will state how they wish to divide their property and assets after their death. In Minnesota, all last will and testament documents are governed by Chapter 524 of the Minnesota Statutes. These statutes dictate that all Testators must be at least 18 years of age or older and be of sound mind and have their will signed by two (2) witnesses. Additionally, the state does not recognize Holographic Wills (Handwritten) nor Nuncupative Wills (Oral Wills).
Completing a Last Will and Testament is a straightforward process that requires simple, yet detailed information from the Testator to ensure there is no confusion. The first piece of information that will be required of the Testator will be his or her full name and full address. Once this information has been provided, the Testator will need to appoint his or her Executor. Once the Testator has appointed an Executor, they will then go forward with explaining who will inherit their property, assets, and other belongings. Once all of the Testator's wishes have been documented, they will sign the document, and have their witnesses sign as well. Once the document has been signed by all necessary parties, it may take effect.