Making a Will in Idaho

In Idaho, making your last will and testament will protect you, your family and your property. Writing a will in Idaho may have several purposes. You may want a will to leave property to children, friends or your church. A will allows you to specify a guardian for minor children and to manage any property you leave to them. In your will you may name a personal representative to carry out your wishes.

If you die in Idaho without a will then your property will be distributed according to state laws. Idaho law will give your property to your closest relatives, beginning with your spouse and children. If you have neither, then you property will go to grandchildren or your parents. If there are no living relatives by blood or marriage, the state gets your property.

Idaho does not require a lawyer in order to write a will. There are many simple programs that will help you draft a will. However, if you think your will may be contested or have unusual requirements, a lawyer's advice is recommended. the main requirement in Idaho is that you sign your will in front of two witnesses. A notary is not required but will speed up probate since witnesses will not need to be contacted.

Naming a personal representative is one of the primary reasons for making a will. If you fail to designate a representative or executor, then the probate court will assign one. It is highly recommended that your personal representative know you have designated them to handle your affairs. A letter or family letter ensures that your designated representative knows not only the disposition of your property, but other wishes as to funeral, memorial service, etc.

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Idaho Title 15 Uniform Probate Code