Wills

In the United States, you can make a will in one of five formats:

1. Public notary. It can be expressed orally, but it is obligatory in the presence of a notary or a judge. Several witnesses must also be present. A notarial will can also be read orally and then immediately recorded in writing.

2. The testator must write the secret will himself. Then he puts it in an envelope and seals it. Nobody knows what is written in the text of the will, not even the notary. A notary opens the will after the testator’s death in the presence of at least two witnesses.

3. A standard will is drawn up in writing and certified by a notary. In this case, the will is drawn up in a standard form.

4. Oral will. The testator declares his will in the presence of several witnesses.

5. Simplified will (available for military, sailors)

US law primarily protects the interests of the person who has outlived their spouse. The heir in almost all states can choose the most beneficial inheritance option for himself.

While the testator is alive, he has the right to revoke his will at any time or change it as many times as he sees fit.