Adults over age 18 can make wills in New York if they are of sound mind and memory. Two witnesses must observe the signature made on the will. They must also print their names and addresses and sign. Oral wills are accepted from members of the armed forces who are deployed. Handwritten wills are valid if written entirely in the handwriting of the person making the will.
Wills can address many estate planning needs such as setting forth who will receive funds and property, who will be the executor or executors and who will be custodians and guardians. Some estate planning must be accomplished in other ways, however. For example, some things that can not be accomplished in a will are:
If you require assistance with preparing a will or setting up arrangements to address any matters that must be arranged for outside of a will, contact an experienced estate planning attorney.