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.



Elissa Suh

Elissa Suh

Senior Editor & Disability Insurance Expert

Elissa Suh is a disability insurance expert and a former senior editor at Policygenius, where she also covered wills, trusts, and advance planning. Her work has appeared in MarketWatch, CNBC, PBS, Inverse, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and more.

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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.

Making a will 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
IllinoisMontanaRhode Island

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