New York Last Will and Testament Free Template 2023

New York Last Will and Testament Free Template 2023


Jennifer Mcgee


Updated on  

March 17, 2023

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A New York Last Will and Testament is a Legal document by which the people of New York may distribute their estate (personal belongings, real estate, bank accounts, money, etc.) among their loved ones as per their wish. This document will be effective only after the death of the testator (the person who created the Will).

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

  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 do it yourself 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 construct a Will using this template together 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 concerns in your personal or financial life.

Along with the commonly asked questions, you can discover all the pertinent details concerning the legal prerequisites for creating a valid final Will in New York below.

Testator’s requirements:

In New York, any person who is 18 years of age or more and is of sound mind may make a Will.

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 own some property for which you are creating a Will, and to whom you are making the beneficiaries.  

Signature Requirements in Will:

Every Will must be signed by the Testator and at least 2 witnesses and they must sign the Will in the presence of the testator and in the presence of each other.

Note - There are various exceptions and special rules but these are the standard requirements for New York Wills. 

New York Last Will and Testament Free Template 2023

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

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.

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.

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.
  • Distribution of assets among beneficiaries.
  • Appointing attorneys to assist in probate.

STEP 4: Choose a Guardian for your minor children.

You can name a person who will look after the minor children after the death of the testator. This includes food, shelter, education and medical care. Guardianship of a minor terminates when the minor attains the age of 18 years. 

STEP 5: Signature of Testator and Witnesses.

After writing everything in your Will, you need to sign it along with 2 witnesses. These witnesses are also required to sign your Will to make it a valid one. 

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.

Want to know more about Last Will and Testament requirements in New York?

You may also look for the Advance Healthcare Directives in New York.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do you need to notarize your Will in New York?

No. It is not mandatory to notarize a Will in New York. But a Will “self-proved” with proper notarization does not need the testimony of witnesses at the time of admitting the Will in Court 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 New York?

No. You don't need an attorney to make a Will. With TrulyWill, you can create a Will online, which is comprehensive, state-specific and legally valid no matter how small or large your estate is. Follow 3 simple steps and get your New York 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 New York consider a Handwritten Will?

Yes. New York considers 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’s not recommended by the lawyers to create a Holographic Will unless there is a necessity.

Can I revoke or change my Will in New York?

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 himself or any person under the testator's direction.

How much does it cost to make a Will in New York?

If you are hiring an attorney for making your Will in New York, 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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