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Making a Last Will and Testament in Nebraska
A Nebraska Last Will and Testament (a "Will") is a legal document that outlines your preferences in relation to property distribution after death, including who will inherit your money, your home, or your personal belongings.
The individual making a Will is called the "testator," and the people or entities being appointed to oversee the testator's estate after death are called "executors." Suitable for residents of Nebraska, this free Last Will and Testament is made for use in Douglas County, Lancaster County, Sarpy County, and in all other parts of the state. Any Nebraska Will from Rocket Lawyer can be modified for your particular situation. With this official document on hand, your executor(s) will have a record of your preferences.
It is very simple to outline your wishes with a free Nebraska Last Will and Testament template from Rocket Lawyer:
This method is often notably more affordable and convenient than meeting and hiring the average lawyer. If needed, you may start this Last Will and Testament on behalf of an elderly parent, a spouse, or another family member, and then help them sign it when ready. Please remember that for this document to be accepted as legally valid, the testator must be an adult who is mentally competent when they sign. In the event that the testator has already been declared incompetent, a court-appointed conservatorship generally will be necessary. When managing such a scenario, it is a good idea to work with an attorney.
If you are over 18 years old, you should have a Last Will and Testament in place. Though it's unpleasant to think about, your loved ones will need to know your wishes in relation to guardianship (if applicable), your property, and your assets if you pass away. Here are a few common occasions in which you may find it useful to make or update your Will:
Regardless of whether your Nebraska Last Will and Testament is being drafted as part of a long-term plan or produced as a result of a recent change in your life, notarization and/or witnesses are highly recommended for protecting your document if someone disputes its validity.
Writing a Will is generally simple, but you or your executor may have questions. Hiring an attorney to provide feedback on your Nebraska Last Will and Testament can be fairly time-intensive. An easier way to get a second pair of eyes on your document is via the Rocket Lawyer On Call® attorney network. If you become a Premium member, you can get your document examined by an experienced attorney. You can rest assured that Rocket Lawyer is here for you.
The fees associated with working with a conventional law firm to write a Last Will and Testament can total between $200 and $1,000. Different from most other Last Will and Testament template providers that you may encounter, Rocket Lawyer offers Premium membership holders up to a 40% discount when hiring a lawyer, so an attorney from our On Call network can represent you if you ever need assistance.
With a Rocket Lawyer membership, you can make edits, download it as a Word or PDF file, and/or print it out. In order to complete your Nebraska Last Will, it should be signed. Even if you decide to make copies, make sure to store the signed original in a secure location where it can't get wet or otherwise damaged. It is important that your loved ones know where to find it after you have passed.
The specific guidelines and restrictions governing Wills vary in each state; however, in Nebraska, your document must be signed by two witnesses. As a general standard, your witnesses should be mentally competent individuals who are of sound mind. If both of the required witnesses are also beneficiaries of the Will, then each person is only entitled to the inheritance/gift that they would have received if there was no Will in place. (This is not an issue if at least one witness is not a beneficiary.) Furthermore, it is highly encouraged that your Last Will be signed by a notary public in order to emphasize the authenticity of the document.
Nebraska Last Will and Testament Laws: NE Code § 30-2327
A Will doesn't have to be filed with the court until the testator has passed away. Filing a Last Will (alongside any specific forms needed by the county) initiates the process of probate.