Indiana Last Will and Testament Free Template 2023

Indiana Last Will and Testament Free Template 2023


Jennifer Mcgee


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March 17, 2023

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An Indiana last will and testament is a legal document that allows a person to divide their estate—which includes their personal items, real estate, money, and other assets. This agreement would not take effect until the testator passes away (the person who created the Will).

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Once you have downloaded this DIY Last Will and Testament template for Indiana; 

  1. Fill it out and validate your will as per your state laws. 
  2. If it feels overwhelming you can try TrulyWill, where you can DIY with the help of guide questions and support to answer your queries too. You can also book an attorney if you need specific legal advice for a nominal fee. 
  3. Use the platform to come back and update your will as per your convenience. 

You can create a Will using this template along with a straightforward estate plan. To prevent your Will from being rejected by the probate court later on, you should talk to one of our attorneys if you have a high net worth or any other complicated issues in your personal or financial life.

In addition to this, below, you can find all the relevant information about the legal requirements for making a valid last Will in Indiana along with the frequently asked questions.

Testator’s requirements:

In Indiana, 

  1. Any person who is 18 or more years of age and is of sound mind may make a Will.
  2. Below 18 and a member of the armed forces
  3. Member of the merchant marines of the United States or its allies.

Sound mind- A person is said to be of sound mind if he is capable of knowing the nature of the act he is involved in and is able to distinguish between right and wrong. In simple words, you must be aware that you are creating a Will, the property you own and to whom you are making the beneficiaries.  

Signature Requirements in Will:

In Indiana, every Will must be signed by the Testator and at least 2 disinterested witnesses. 

There are various exceptions and special rules but these are the standard requirements for Indiana wills.

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Electronic Wills in Indiana

On July 1, 2018, Indiana allowed the creation of electronic Wills. You can execute and witness these electronic Wills remotely.

Stepwise procedure on what to include in the Last Will and Testament for Indiana.

STEP 1: List your Assets.

Firstly, make a list of everything you own, from tangible to Intangible assets. This may include your personal property, real estate, bank accounts, jewelry, and life insurance policies.

This will help you understand which asset will be transferred through your Will or other modes.


All household goods, silverware, equipment, appliances, furniture and furnishings, clothing, jewelry, personal effects, automobiles, and all other tangible personal property not otherwise specifically devised hereunder or pursuant to Item III hereunder, owned by me at the time of my death, I devise to _________________________, or in default thereof, this gift shall lapse.  For purposes hereof, cash, coins or currency shall be deemed intangible personal property.

STEP 2: Choose Beneficiaries.

A Beneficiary is a person or an entity( trust or organization) in whose name you bequest your assets in the Will. Your family, friends, relatives or any other person whom you want can be a beneficiary under your Will.

You also have the right to disinherit any relative, child or spouse from your Will whenever you want. It is advised to take legal help for this purpose.


                        I declare that I am not married. I have no children living or other lineal descendants/ I have two (2) children.  My children are Child 1, born December 1, 2000, and Child  2 born February 2, 2015.

Not for lack of love and affection, I specifically, intentionally and with full knowledge fail to provide for Child 1 in this Will.  This declaration is intentional and not made by inadvertence or mistake.

STEP 3: Choose an Executive/Personal representative.

Always choose a person who is trustworthy, credible and responsible as your personal representative as he/she has a lot of authority over your assets after your death. 

These include: 

  • Paying your debts.
  • Paying funeral expenses.
  • Distributing the assets among beneficiaries.
  • Appointing attorneys to assist in probate.



I hereby name, constitute and appoint _______________________ as personal representative of my last will and testament. If __________________ does not survive me, I appoint, constitute and appoint __________________ as personal representative of my last will and testament.

I hereby direct that no personal representative or successor or substitute herein named or otherwise named or appointed shall give bond or security for the faithful performance of his duties as personal representative.

If my personal representative determines in good faith that the inclusion of certain property in my gross estate for federal income tax purposes is uncertain, my personal representative will exclude such property from my estate tax return.


STEP 4: Choose a Guardian for your minor children.

In Indiana, you can designate a person to take care of your minor children after your death. Food, shelter, education, and healthcare are all included in this. When a minor turns 18 years old, guardianship of that minor ends.

I appoint [name of guardian], as Guardian of the person of each minor child of mine. If [name of guardian] fails to qualify or cease to act for any reason, I appoint [name of successor guardian] as successor Guardian in [his/her] place.

STEP 5: Signature of Testator and Witnesses.

After writing everything in your Will, you need to sign it in the presence of at least 2 witnesses. These witnesses are also required to sign your Will to make it a valid one. 


          This instrument, consisting of four (4) pages was signed, sealed, declared, published and acknowledged by ………………… as his Last Will and Testament, in the presence of us, the undersigned, who, at his special instance and request, do attest as witnesses, after said testator had signed his name thereto, in his presence and in the presence of each other, this ____ day of ______________________, 2021.



                             Witness:                                                Residing at:    


The foregoing instrument was sworn to, subscribed and acknowledged before me this ___ day of _________________________, by………………., the testator, Witness 1, and Witness 2, the witnesses, (    ) who are all personally known to me or (   ) who have produced ____________________ (____________ Driver License) as identification.


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STEP 6: Store your Will in a safe place.

Once you are done with all the above formalities of making a Will, you need to store it in a safe place to avoid being lost or stolen. It is advised to give copies of your Will to all the beneficiaries and executors so that they are aware of the fact that you have created a Will. It would be difficult to find your Will if you die suddenly without informing anyone about it. It is also possible that they will never know that you had a Will also. So, it's very important to communicate it with your heirs/beneficiaries.

You can also use TrulyWill’s platform to store your Wills and review it anytime, anywhere.

STEP 7: Review your Will periodically

Making a Will is not enough if you have not updated it after any major event that has happened in your Life. Events like marriage, divorce, births and deaths are likely to affect the decisions made previously in the Wills so it is important to update it accordingly to avoid any future stress to you and your family members.

Know more about Last Will and Testament requirements in Indiana.

You may also look for the Advance Healthcare Directives in Indiana.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Does an Indiana Will need to be notarized?

No. It is not mandatory to notarize a Will in Indiana. But a Will “self-proved” with proper notarization does not need the testimony of witnesses at the time of admitting the Will in Court or if there is a question regarding the validity of the Will in the Probate Court.

Do I need an attorney to make a Will in Indiana?

No. You don't need an attorney to make a Will. With TrulyWill, you can Create a Will which is comprehensive, state-specific and legally valid no matter how small or large your estate is. Follow these 3 simple steps and get your Indiana Last Will and Testament made as per your requirement. 1. Sign in. 2. Answer a few simple questions. 3. Your Will is ready to download.

Does Indiana consider a Handwritten Will?

No. Indiana does not consider a Holographic/handwritten Will to be valid. A Holographic or Hand-written Will is an alternative to the Traditional Wills provided by lawyers or the ones created online. Even if it is easier, it is not recommended as these wills are easy to tamper with and challenge in court.

Can I revoke or change my Will in Indiana?

Yes. There are 2 ways of revoking or changing your Will: 1. Make a new subsequent Will. It will revoke the prior will or its part expressly or by inconsistency. 2. Burning, torning, cancelling or destroying the old Will. This should be done with the intention of revoking it by the testator.

How much does it cost to make a Will in Indiana?

If you are hiring an attorney for making your Will in Indiana, it will cost you from $500 to $1000 depending upon your requirements and your location. TrulyWill offers you to create a Will which is cost-effective and much more accurate and valid than any other Last Will and Testament template which you might have come across.
Jennifer Mcgee
Parent to five young children. Estate Planning, Probate, and Family Law Attorney. Volunteer with Victim’s Advocates in the local sheriff's department...
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