A Vermont Last Will and Testament is a legally enforced document that allows a person, referred to as a Testator, to distribute the assets of their estate after their death to children, loved ones, and even charity. Title 14 of the Vermont Statutes dictate that all wills created within the state must be signed by the Testator and two (2) witnesses (who both sign in the presence of the Testator and one another). The statutes also specify the type of wills that will be accepted and recognized by the state. According to Title 14, Vermont will recognize Nuncupative Wills, commonly known as Oral Wills, but only if they are created in a time of the imminent death of the Testator. Additionally, these types of wills may not apply toward estates in excess of $200. Vermont does not recognize Holographic Wills, commonly known as Handwritten Wills.
The first thing that a Testator will need to provide in order to complete a will in Vermont is their full name and complete address. Next, the Testator will need to appoint their Executor by providing his or her full name and contact information. After an Executor has been named, the Testator will detail how his or her assets will be distributed. Once all the Testator's wishes have been documented, the form will be signed by the Testator and two (two) witnesses before it will take effect.