How to make a will in your state

Every state has its own requirements for making a will. Find your state and learn what you need to make a will.

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Elissa Suh

Elissa Suh

Personal Finance Editor

Elissa Suh is a personal finance editor at Policygenius in New York City. She has researched and written extensively about finance and insurance since 2019, with an emphasis in estate planning and mortgages. Her writing has been cited by MarketWatch, CNBC, and Betterment.

Published July 29, 2020|1 min read

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Every state has its own requirements for making a will. While some of the requirements are very similar between states — for example, you'll almost always need witnesses to sign the will to make it valid — there are some key differences, too.

Often, state will requirements may vary along such factors as the characteristics of the executor or of your witnesses. If your estate is worth under a certain amount after you die, sometimes your heirs can avoid probate entirely, but that threshold too varies between states.

Estate planning in each state

Click on your state below to learn more about how to make a will in that state.

AlabamaIndianaNebraskaSouth Carolina
AlaskaIowaNevadaSouth Dakota
ArizonaKansasNew HampshireTennessee
ArkansasKentuckyNew JerseyTexas
CaliforniaLouisianaNew MexicoUtah
ColoradoMaineNew YorkVermont
ConnecticutMarylandNorth CarolinaVirginia
DelawareMassachusettsNorth DakotaWashington
FloridaMichiganOhioWest Virginia
GeorgiaMinnesotaOklahomaWisconsin
HawaiiMississippiOregonWyoming
IdahoMissouriPennsylvania
IllinoisMontanaRhode Island