Legal Last Will and Testament Form for a Single Person with Minor Children
Note: This summary is not intended to be all-inclusive
of the law of Arizona wills law, but does contain basic and other content.
Who may make a will:
A person who is eighteen years of age or older and who is of sound mind
may make a will. 14-2501.
Execution; witnessed wills:
A will shall be:
1. In writing.
2. Signed by the testator.
3. Signed by at least two witnesses. 14-2502.
Self-proved wills: A
self-proving affidavit as provided by statute may be used at the time of
the execution of the will to substantiate the vaildity of the execution
of the will. 14-2504.
A person who is generally competent to be a witness may act as a witness
to a will. The signing of a will by an interested witness does not invalidate
the will or any provision of it. 14-2505.
Revocation of will; requirements:
A testator may revoke a will in whole or in part:
1. By executing a subsequent will
that revokes the previous will or part expressly or by inconsistency.
2. By performing a revocatory act on the will
if the testator performs the act with this intent or if another person
performs the act in the testator's conscious presence and by the testator's
direction. For purposes of this paragraph, "revocatory act on the will"
includes burning, tearing, canceling, obliterating or destroying the will
or any part of it. A burning, tearing or canceling is a revocatory act
on the will whether or not the burn, tear or cancellation touched any of
the words on the will.
If a subsequent will does not expressly revoke
a previous will, the execution of the subsequent will wholly revokes the
previous will by inconsistency if the testator intended the subsequent
will to replace rather than supplement the previous will.
The testator is presumed to have intended
a subsequent will to replace rather than supplement a previous will if
the subsequent will makes a complete disposition of the testator's estate.
If this presumption arises and is not rebutted by clear and convincing
evidence, the previous will is revoked and only the subsequent will is
operative on the testator's death.
The testator is presumed to have intended
a subsequent will to supplement rather than replace a previous will if
the subsequent will does not make a complete disposition of the testator's
estate. If this presumption arises and is not rebutted by clear and convincing
evidence, the subsequent will revokes the previous will only to the extent
the subsequent will is inconsistent with the previous will and each will
is fully operative on the testator's death to the extent they are not inconsistent. 14-2507.
Incorporating outside document into
a will; requirements: A testator may incorporate
a written document into the testator's will by reference if the following
requirements are met:
1. The document exists at the time
the testator executes the will.
2. The will's language manifests the testator's
intent to incorporate this document.
3. The will's language describes the document
with enough specificity to allow its identification. 14-2510.
References to separate lists; requirements:
A will may refer to a written statement or list to dispose of items of
tangible personal property other than money and not otherwise specifically
disposed of by the will.
To be admissible under this section as evidence
of the intended disposition, the writing shall either be in the testator's
handwriting or be signed by the testator and shall describe the items and
the devisees with reasonable certainty.
The writing may be:
1. Referred to as one to be in existence
at the time of the testator's death.
2. Prepared before or after the execution
of the will.
3. Altered by the testator after its preparation.
4. A writing that has no significance apart
from its effect on the dispositions made by the will. 14-2513.
Contracts regarding wills; requirements;
effect: A. After December 31, 1994, a person may
enter into a contract to make a will or devise or not to revoke a will
or devise or to die intestate only by:
1. Provisions of a will that state
the material provisions of the contract.
2. An express reference in a will to a contract
and extrinsic evidence proving the terms of the contract.
3. A writing signed by the decedent evidencing
B. The execution of a joint will or mutual wills
does not create a presumption of a contract not to revoke the will or wills.