Wills in Iowa....

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  1. Transient

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    I was hoping to avoid spending hours on the 'net and possibly legal fees, does anyone know what it takes to make a will legal in Iowa? Do I need witnesses, how many signatures, does it need to be notarized? I dont have much personal property at all, no land or house. No spouse, or x-spouse, and no dependents. TIA
     
  2. TigerCyJM

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    man you weren't kidding with the username.
     
  3. aauummm

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    I use Quicken WillMaker from Nolo.com. There is a will format for each state. Two witnesses usually does it, and there are rules as to who they can be. It also can be notarized. A full set of instructions comes with the will software. Lawyers, Legal Forms, Law Books & Software, Free Legal Information - Nolo.com
     
  4. Three4Cy

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    In general, in order for a will to be legally valid in Iowa, a will must be (1) in writing, (2) signed by the person making the will, (3) declared by the person making the will to be his or her will, and (4) witnessed by two competent witnesses who must sign in the presence of the person making the will. The formal requirements of making a will must be strictly followed or Iowa courts will not recognize it as valid.
     
  5. 00clone

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    ^^^^^yeah, something like this. We used LegalZoom. I think most banks have Notaries, or else the county offices usually do too.
     
  6. Transient

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    Thanks for the quick replies! I like the intestate (sp) concept, just dump everything on eldest surviving relative hehe.
    Also, what does it take to get a executor (intestator) powers to empty my bank accounts after I am gone?
     
  7. aauummm

    aauummm Well-Known Member

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    You name your executor in the will.
     

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