A West Virginia Last Will and Testament is a document backed by the state of West Virginia that allows a person to convey their wishes in regards to their estate after they pass away. Chapter 41 of the West Virginia Code sets the standard for all wills created in the state. According to Chapter 41, not only may Wills be created by individuals over the age of 18, but they must also be signed by the Testator and two (2) competent witnesses. In addition, this code clarifies the types of Wills that West Virginia will permit. While the state will recognize both Handwritten and Oral Wills, both may only be used by soldiers actively deployed on duty. Additionally, Handwritten Wills must be solely in the Testator's handwriting.
Completing a will in West Virginia is a straightforward process, though it does require specific details to ensure that it is a sound, sure document. The first piece of information that the Testator will provide his or her full name and address. Next, the Testator will need to appoint an Executor. If no Executor has been named, the court will appoint an Executor. Next, the Testator will declare their exact wishes in regards to their estate. This can include everything from who will inherit certain items to wishes that the Testator has toward funeral and repass arrangements. Finally, the Testator will sign in the presence of his or her witnesses, and the two (2) witnesses will sign in the presence of the Testator.