Does a will need to be notarized?

will or testament is a legal document by which a person, the testator, expresses their wishes as to how their property is to be distributed at death, and names one or more persons, the executor, to manage the estate until its final distribution. For the devolution of property not disposed of by will, see inheritance and intestacy.

Though it has at times been thought that a “will” was historically limited to real property while “testament” applies only to dispositions of personal property (thus giving rise to the popular title of the document as “Last Will and Testament”), the historical records show that the terms have been used interchangeably.[1] Thus, the word “will” validly applies to both personal and real property. A will may also create a testamentary trust that is effective only after the death of the testator.

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Can I create a living will myself?

Before drafting your living will, be careful to verify with your state’s regulations and requirements. You can begin creating your living will once you’ve decided what is necessary. Below are two great resources that you can use to check off your list and properly prepare to avoid re-drafting another will.



How can I get a living will?

There are great companies that are willing to aid people who need wills because they recognize how important it is. Imagine the hard process of creating one and having a loved one pass before the process is over or not having enough money to have an attorney create one for you. Feel free to use any of these resources and set up an appointment with us to notarize your new document!

Rocket Lawyer

This free living will is compatible with residents of Florida and can be used in Palm Beach County, as well as Miami-Dade, Broward, and all other areas of the state. Any Florida living will form offered by Rocket Lawyer can be tailored to suit your particular situation.

Here is the link to start creating a Last Will & Testament with Rocket Lawyer


This resource allows you to provide instructions for the care you do or don’t want, choose your healthcare power of attorney, and lay out any requests or directives you want to be fulfilled. They also provide the option of receiving advice from reputable attorneys that you can select from their screened network.

Here is the link to creating a Last Will & Testament with LegalZoom