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Making a Last Will and Testament in Utah
A Utah Last Will and Testament (a "Will") is a legal document that lays out your wishes related to asset distribution after death, such as who will inherit your home, personal belongings, or money.
The individual making a Will is called the "testator," and the person or entity appointed to manage the testator's estate after death is known as the "executor." Suitable for residents of Utah, this free Last Will and Testament can be used in Salt Lake County, Utah County, Davis County, and in all other parts of the state. Each Utah Will from Rocket Lawyer can be tailored for your specific scenario. With this official document on hand, your executor(s) will have a record of your decisions.
It is simple and easy to document your wishes with a free Utah Last Will and Testament template from Rocket Lawyer:
This solution is often much more affordable and convenient than working with a traditional provider. If needed, you can start this Last Will and Testament on behalf of a relative, and then have them sign it once you've drafted it. Keep in mind that for this document to be legally valid, the testator must be mentally competent at the time of signing. In the event that the testator is already incapacitated and unable to make their own decisions, a conservatorship might be required. When managing such a scenario, it is important to talk to a lawyer.
Anyone who is over 18 years old ought to have a Last Will and Testament. Although it can be painful to acknowledge, your loved ones will want to know your preferences for guardianship (when applicable), your property, and/or assets if you pass away. Here are some typical circumstances where it would be useful to make or update your Will:
Regardless of whether your Utah Last Will and Testament has been generated as part of a forward-looking plan or created as a result of a change in your life, notarization and witnesses are strongly encouraged as a best practice for protecting your document if a third party questions its validity.
Writing a Will is usually straightforward; however, you or your executor(s) could still have legal questions. It may vary depending on whom you reach out to, but quite often, some attorneys will not even accept requests to review your document if they didn't write it. An easier approach might be via Rocket Lawyer On Call® network of attorneys. If you become a Premium member, you will be able to ask for feedback from an experienced attorney or pose other questions related to your Will. We're always available to help answer any questions that you may have.
The fees associated with hiring a lawyer to draft a Last Will and Testament could range between $200 and $1,000, depending on where you are located. Unlike many other sites you may stumble upon, Rocket Lawyer offers more than a Last Will and Testament template. If you ever require help from a lawyer, your membership offers up to 40% in savings when you hire an attorney.
Attached to your Utah Last Will, you will discover a checklist of tips on what you can do next. As a Rocket Lawyer member, you may edit it, print it, and/or sign it. Even if you decide to make copies, take care to keep the original signed document in a safe location. It is critical that someone knows where it can be found after your passing.
The guidelines and restrictions for Wills vary by state; however, in Utah, your Will must be signed by two witnesses. As a general rule, witnesses will need to be mentally competent people who are of sound mind. Furthermore, it is recommended that you have your Will signed by a notary public to help reinforce its credibility.
See legal references for a Will in Utah: § 75-2-502
A Last Will and Testament doesn't need to be filed with the county until the testator passes away. Filing the document (alongside any other forms needed by the county) initiates the probate process.