Vermont Last Will and Testament Free Template 2023

Vermont Last Will and Testament Free Template 2023


Jennifer Mcgee


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March 17, 2023

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A Vermont Last Will and Testament is a Legal document by which the people of Vermont 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 (A testator is a person who creates the Will).

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

  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. 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. 

This template will help you to create a Will with a simple estate plan. If you have a high net worth or any other complex issues in your personal or financial life; you should discuss it with one of our attorneys to avoid your Will from being rejected by the probate court at a later stage.

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

Testator’s requirements:

In Vermont, 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/she 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 Vermont Wills. 

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Vermont Last Will and Testament Free Template 2023

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

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.


I devise to ________________________ all tangible personal property that I own at the time of my death, including all furniture, clothing, jewellery, household items, equipment, appliances, vehicles, and other tangible personal property that is not otherwise specifically bequeathed under this clause or pursuant to Item III hereunder. If I fail to do so, this gift will expire. Cash, coins, or other forms of currency are considered intangible personal property for purposes of this clause.

STEP 2: Choose Beneficiaries.

A beneficiary is a living individual or a legal body (such as a trust or an organisation) to whom your will leaves property. You can name any anyone as a beneficiary of your will, including members of your family, friends, and other relations.

Additionally, you have the freedom to remove any family member, child, or spouse from your will at any time. It is suggested that you get legal assistance for this.


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

I hereby nominate, constitute and appoint ______________________ as Personal Representative of this my Last Will and Testament. If __________________ shall fail to survive me, then I hereby nominate, constitute and appoint ______________________ as Personal Representative of this my Last Will and Testament.

    I direct that no Personal Representative or any successor or substitute Personal Representative, whether named herein or otherwise designated or appointed, shall be required to give any bond or security for the faithful performance of the duties as such Personal Representative.

    If my Personal Representative determines in good faith that a specific property should not be included in my gross estate for federal estate tax purposes, they must exclude that item from my gross estate tax return.  

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. 

I designate [name of guardian] as the guardian of each of my minor children. I appoint [name of successor guardian] as successor Guardian in the event that [name of guardian] is unable to serve or ceases to do so for any reason.

STEP 5: Signature of Testator and Witnesses.

Your will must be signed with the help of two witnesses after you have included all you desire. Your Will must be signed by these witnesses as well in order for it to be legally binding.


          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 insufficient if you have not revised it after any significant life events. The decisions made previously in the Will are likely to change as a result of events like marriage, divorce, births, and deaths, therefore it is crucial to update it appropriately to prevent any burden on you and your family members in the future.

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

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

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do you need to notarize your Will in Vermont?

No. It is not mandatory to notarize a Will in Vermont. 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 Vermont?

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 Vermont 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 Vermont consider a Handwritten Will?

No. Vermont 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’s not recommended by the lawyers to create a Holographic Will unless there is a necessity.

Can I revoke or change my Will in Vermont?

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, canceling, 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 Vermont? I

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