A Rhode Island Last Will and Testament is a document that, if done correctly, is recognized and enforced by the state of Rhode Island. These documents allow a person, referred to as a Testator to dictate how their estate will be distributed after their death. In Rhode Island, Chapter 33 of the Rhode Island Code governs and enforces these documents. In addition to requiring the document to be signed by the Testator, these statutes require two (2) additional witnesses to attest the Testator's signature. Additionally, these statutes clarify that Nuncupative Wills, commonly known as Oral Wills, and Holographic Wills, commonly known as Handwritten Wills are only accepted by the state if it is created by a member of the military actively deployed.
Completing a last will and testament in Rhode Island is a simple process, yet a process that requires attention to detail to ensure there is no confusion. The first thing that a Testator would need to provide is their full name and address. Once they've provided this information, they will describe exactly which portions of their estate will go to each beneficiary. This section will provide details, names, and even contact information for each beneficiary. Once the will is complete, the Testator will sign, followed the two (2) witnesses. After the signatures have been provided, the will may then be legally enforced and recognized.