Alabama Last Will and Testament Form

The Alabama last will and testament is a legal document for residents within the State to use for making their final estate plan wishes. The individual(s) listed in the form will be entitled to personal items, special bequests, and the estate including their assets and real property (if any). The person creating the Will (the Testator) will be required to sign the form in front of two (2) witnesses that have no vested interest in the document (Cannot be a Beneficiary).

Once signed, copies should be circulated to the family attorney, close friend, or family members.

Laws§ 43-8-132

Witness – (§ 43-8-131) – The Testator (person that created the Will) and two disinterested parties to be the witnesses. The two (2) witnesses cannot be benefiting from the Last Will in any way.

How to Write

Step 1 – Establishment of Document –

  • On the first line of the document enter the name of full name of the Testator
  • Again, enter the name of the Testator
  • City (Inside the state of AL)
  • The Testator should carefully review information under “Expense and Taxes”

Step 2 – Appointment of Personal Representative – Complete this section with the following information:

  • Submit the name of the appointed representative nominee
  • City
  • Count
  • State

In the event the first chosen representative is unable or unwilling to serve, enter the information regarding an alternate representative as follows:

  • Provide the name of an alternate nominee
  • City
  • Count
  • State

Step 3 – Disposition of Property – Enter the required information with regard to each beneficiary:

  • Full name
  • Current address
  • Relationship to the Testator
  • Last four digits of beneficiary’s Social Security Number (SSN)
  • In the line provided, the Testator must enter the bequeathed personal and/or personal property

The Testator must carefully review the remainder of this section to be certain that this is how they would choose to dispose of their property, should any or all of the beneficiaries predecease the Testator

Step 4 – Titled Sections – The Testator must carefully review the remaining titles and subtitles prior to application of signatures:

  • Omission
  • Bond
  • Discretionary Powers of Personal Representative
  • Contesting Beneficiary
  • Guardian Ad Litem Not Required
  • Gender
  • Assignment
  • Governing Law

Step 5 – Binding Arrangement – Signatures and Acknowledgement – All signatures must be entered in the presence of a notary public:

  • The Testator must read and agree to the first paragraph
  • Enter the Testator’s name
  • Submit the date of signatures in dd/m/yy
  • Testator’s signature
  • Testator’s printed name
  • Submit the date in dd/m/yy format
  • Enter the Testator’s name

Witnesses –

  • With all parties present, the witnesses must enter their signatures
  • Complete addresses

Testamentary Affidavit –

  • Once completed the Notary Public shall complete the notary section of the document shall be completed by the notary
  • The Testator and Witnesses must sign before the notary
  • The notary shall then acknowledge the document with the notary signature and seal (if any)