Sometimes, there are will contests over the validity of a will. If there is any concern that a will is not valid, then the beneficiaries may turn to the court to find out the opinion of the judge. They may contest what's inside and show why they believe it should not be valid.
As someone who does not want your beneficiaries to fight following your death, you should know what makes a will valid and what you can do to protect the will you create.
What has to happen for a will to be legal?
One of the first things that has to happen is for you to be of legal age. You'll need to be at least 18 to create a will in Tennessee.
Next, you'll need to have the intent to create a will at the time when you create it. On top of that, you'll need to have testamentary capacity, which means that you will need to be of sound mind. You have to understand the nature of your estate and how you are dividing assets.
A will must be signed and dated as well as witnessed by two additional parties. The witnesses must be disinterested parties, not people who stand to gain from the will.
Your will can be handwritten or typed, and you can even have an oral will in some cases. Your attorney will help you create the right will so that you can be sure that your wishes will be carried out and that your beneficiaries will not contest your will in the future.