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Making a Last Will and Testament in Hawaii
A Hawaii Last Will and Testament (a "Will") is a legal document that lays out your preferences in relation to asset distribution after death, including who will inherit your home, personal belongings, or money.
The individual making a Will is known as the "testator," and the individuals or organizations appointed to oversee the testator's estate after death are known as "executors." Suitable for residents of Hawaii, this Last Will and Testament is made for use in Honolulu County, Hawaii County, Maui County, and in all other counties and municipalities in the state. Any Hawaii Will from Rocket Lawyer can be tailored to address your unique circumstances. As a result of this document, your loved ones will have a point of reference for your preferences.
It is fast and easy to set forth your wishes using a free Hawaii Last Will and Testament template from Rocket Lawyer:
This route is often going to be much more affordable than finding and working with the average provider. If needed, you can start a Last Will and Testament on behalf of your spouse, an elderly parent, or another family member, and then help them sign it after you've drafted it. Keep in mind that for a Will to be considered legally valid, the testator must be an adult who is mentally competent at the time of signing. If the testator has already been declared legally incompetent, a conservatorship might be required. When dealing with this scenario, it's important for you to speak with a lawyer.
Every person over 18 years old should have a Last Will and Testament in place. Although it is challenging to acknowledge, your loved ones will want to know your preferences in relation to guardianship (if applicable), your assets, and your property, if you pass away. Here are some common circumstances in which you might find it useful to make or update your Will:
Whether your Hawaii Last Will and Testament has been drafted as part of a long-term plan or created as a result of a change in your life, notarization and witnesses will often help to protect your document if a third party disputes its authenticity.
Writing a Will is generally straightforward; however, you or your executor(s) may need advice. Having a professional look over the document could take a long time on your own. Another approach could be via the Rocket Lawyer On Call® network. Rocket Lawyer members can ask for guidance from an attorney with relevant experience or ask other legal questions. As always, you can live confidently with Rocket Lawyer by your side.
The cost of hiring an attorney to make a Last Will and Testament might total between $200 and $1,000. Rocket Lawyer is not your average Last Will and Testament template provider. With our service, anyone under a Rocket Lawyer membership can take advantage of up to a 40% discount when hiring an On Call attorney.
Attached to your Hawaii Last Will, you'll discover a checklist of tips for what is next to finalize your document. As a Rocket Lawyer member, you may make edits, download it in PDF format or as a Word document, print it out, and sign it. Make sure to keep your original signed document in a safe place. It is important that at least one person knows where to find it after you have passed.
The specifications and restrictions for Wills are different in each state; however, in Hawaii, your Will must be signed by two witnesses. As a basic standard, witnesses should be mentally competent individuals of sound mind. Furthermore, it is strongly recommended that you have your Will signed by a notary public to help reinforce its authenticity.
See legal references for a Will in Hawaii: § 560:2-502
A Will doesn't need to be filed until the testator has passed away. Filing the document (along with any specific forms requested by the county) initiates probate.