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Last Will and Testament Illinois

    Do you want your family to struggle for your assets and property when you die? If not, use our free Illinois last will and testament template to document the distribution of your assets in the state of Illinois. This template protects your property from court intervention or auction in the state of Illinois.

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The laws of Illinois allow its residents to allocate their assets to their dependents and other beneficiaries according to their own wishes. They can do this using what is known as an Illinois Last Will and Testament.

The assets shared by most people upon their death include cash on hand, real and personal property, fiduciary holdings, cars, and lands etc. These days, digital properties can also be shared. This article reveals a lot more about a last will and testament Illinois, its importance, legal requirements for writing one and the processes involved in writing and executing one.

The following points should be written in the Illinois last will and testament template:

  • Name and contact information of the testator
  • Beneficiaries and information such as their names, physical addresses, social security
  • Signatures of testator and witnesses
  • Name of guardian
  • Name and contact information of executor
  • Name of appointed trustee and relationship with the testator

What Is an Illinois Last Will And Testament?

An Illinois will form or last will and testament, like florida will and georgia will is a legal document that allows individuals to share their assets in any proportion they deem fit, amongst their family, relatives, friends and in some cases, charity organizations when they pass away in the state of Illinois. The one who allocates his or her assets to these designated beneficiaries is known as a testator.

The testator would usually appoint an executor that sees to the execution of the will according to his/her wishes. The probate court supervises the executor and ensures that the executor is functioning according to the dictates of the will.

The laws guiding Illinois last will and testament are contained in 755 IL CS5 Probate Act of 1975.

Use our last will and testament Illinois template to avoid family disputes after your death.

Distribute your assets to your dependents and other beneficiaries as you see fit. It can be accomplished through the use of our free and customisable Illinois last will and testament template.

The Importance of Writing an Illinois Last Will and Testament

It is important to write an Illinois last will and testament for the following reasons:

  • It gives instructions on how the testator’s properties should be shared after his or her demise.
  • Without one, the testator’s assets will be distributed according to a predetermined formula by a court-appointed administrator. The state might also decide to auction the properties.
  • Using a last will, a testator can appoint a guardian over his or her minor children

Legal Requirements of Illinois Wills

There are legal requirements to be met before an Illinois last will and testament is regarded as valid or effective. These requirements include those to be met by the testator and requirements for the will itself.

Principal/testator requirements

According to the law, the principal must be at least 18 years old and of sound mind at the time of writing the will. To confirm mental competence at the time of creating the will, the testator might include a letter or notice from a certified doctor confirming their mental competence.

Will requirements

All Illinois will forms must be in writing, signed by the testator in the presence of at least two witnesses. The law says: “Every will shall be in writing, signed by the testator or by some person in his presence and by his direction and attested in the presence of the testator by 2 or more credible witnesses.”

Under Illinois law, notarization is an option rather than a requirement. The testator can make the will “self-proving”, which makes the will acceptable before a probate court without witnesses.

Use our last will and testament Illinois template to avoid family disputes after your death.

Distribute your assets to your dependents and other beneficiaries as you see fit. It can be accomplished through the use of our free and customisable Illinois last will and testament template.

How to Write a Last Will and Testament in Illinois?

Step 1:

The testators must obtain a template for a will in Illinois from a reputable website like CocoSign or fetch one from a court office.

Step 2:

The testators must fill the form with information like their name, city and county of residence. He/She must then carefully review the Taxes section.

Step 3:

They must nominate an executor and fill in the details of this person. They are to also name an alternate executor who is to take charge in the event that the primary executor is unavailable or unwilling to serve.

Step 4:

They must then name their beneficiaries and provide information about them like their relationship with them, their contact address, etc.

Step 5:

The initiator of the last will must then carefully check through sections like bond, governing law, gender, assignment etc before appending their signatures.

Step 6:

They must sign in the presence of some witnesses, then have these witnesses sign the document as well.

Step 7:

The testator can then opt for notarization by a notary public.

It is impossible to overlook the importance of writing one’s last will and testament Illinois before passing away. On CocoSign, you will find free printable Illinois last will and testament forms you can download for free.


Illinois Last Will and Testamentof


Pursuant to 755 ILCS 5 (Probate Act of 1975)

I, ________________________, resident in the City of ____________________, County of ____________________, State of Illinois being of sound mind, not acting under duress or undue influence, and fully understanding the nature and extent of all my property and of this disposition thereof, do hereby make, publish, and declare this document to be my Last Will and Testament, and hereby revoke any and all other wills and codicils heretofore made by me.

  1.                  EXPENSES & TAXES

I direct that all my debts, and expenses of my last illness, funeral, and burial, be paid as soon after my death as may be reasonably convenient, and I hereby authorize my Personal Representative, hereinafter appointed, to settle and discharge, in his or her absolute discretion, any claims made against my estate.

I further direct that my Personal Representative shall pay out of my estate any and all estate and inheritance taxes payable by reason of my death in respect of all items included in the computation of such taxes, whether passing under this Will or otherwise. Said taxes shall be paid by my Personal Representative as if such taxes were my debts without recovery of any part of such tax payments from anyone who receives any item included in such computation.


I nominate and appoint ________________________, of ___________________________, County of ________________________, State of ______________________________ as Personal Representative of my estate and I request that (he/she) be appointed temporary Personal Representative if (he/she) applies. If my Personal Representative fails or ceases to so serve, then I nominate _____________________________of __________________________, County of ____________________________, State of ______________________ to serve.


I devise and bequeath my property, both real and personal and wherever situated, as follows:

1st Beneficiary

_______________________ [full name], currently of _______________________ [address], as my _______________________ [relation] whose last four (4) digits of their Social Security Number (SSN) are xxx-xx-_____ with the following property:


2nd Beneficiary

_______________________ [full name], currently of _______________________ [address], as my _______________________ [relation] whose last four (4) digits of their Social Security Number (SSN) are xxx-xx-_____ with the following property:


3rd Beneficiary

_______________________ [full name], currently of _______________________ [address], as my _______________________ [relation] whose last four (4) digits of their Social Security Number (SSN) are xxx-xx-_____ with the following property:


If any of my beneficiaries have pre-deceased me, then any property that they would have received if they had not pre-deceased me shall be distributed in equal shares to the remaining beneficiaries.

If any of my property cannot be readily sold and distributed, then it may be donated to any charitable organization or organizations of my Personal Representative’s choice.  If any property cannot be readily sold or donated, my Personal Representative may, without liability, dispose of such property as my Personal Representative may deem appropriate. I authorize my Personal Representative to pay as an administration expense of my estate the expense of selling, advertising for sale, packing, shipping, insuring and delivering such property.

  1.                  OMISSION

Except to the extent that I have included them in this Will, I have intentionally, and not as a result of any mistake or inadvertence, omitted in this Will to provide for any family members and/or issue of mine, if any, however defined by law, presently living or hereafter born or adopted.

  1.               BOND

No bond shall be required of any fiduciary serving hereunder, whether or not specifically named in this Will, or if a bond is required by law, then no surety will be required on such bond.


My Personal Representative, shall have and may exercise the following discretionary powers in addition to any common law or statutory powers without the necessity of court license or approval:

A. To retain for whatever period my Personal Representative deems advisable any property, including property owned by me at my death, and to invest and reinvest in any property, both real and personal, regardless of whether any particular investment would be proper for a Personal Representative and regardless of the extent of diversification of the assets held hereunder.

B. To sell and to grant options to purchase all or any part of my estate, both real and personal, at any time, at public or private sale, for consideration, whether or not the highest possible consideration, and upon terms, including credit, as my Personal Representative deems advisable, and to execute, acknowledge, and deliver deeds or other instruments in connection therewith.

C. To lease any real estate for terms and conditions as my Personal Representative deems advisable, including the granting of options to renew, options to extend the term or terms, and options to purchase.

D. To pay, compromise, settle or otherwise adjust any claims, including taxes, asserted in favor of or against me, my estate or my Personal Representative.

E. To make any separation into shares in whole or in part in kind and at values determined by my Personal Representative, with or without regard to tax basis, and to allocate different kinds and disproportionate amounts of property and undivided interests in property among the shares.

F. To make such elections under the tax laws as my Personal Representative shall deem appropriate, including elections with respect to qualified terminable interest property, exemptions and the use of deductions as income tax or estate tax deductions, and to determine whether to make any adjustments between income and principal on account of any election so made.

G. To make any elections permitted under any pension, profit sharing, employee stock ownership or other benefit plan.

H. To employ others in connection with the administration of my estate, including legal counsel, investment advisors, brokers, accountants and agents and to pay reasonable compensation in addition to my Personal Representative’s compensation.

I. To vote any shares of stock or other securities in person or by proxy; to assert or waive any stockholder’s rights or privilege to subscribe for or otherwise acquire additional stock; to deposit securities in any voting trust or with any committee.

J. To borrow and to pledge or mortgage any property as collateral, and to make secured or unsecured loans. My Personal Representative is specifically authorized to make loans without interest to any beneficiary hereunder. No individual or entity loaning property to my Personal Representative or trustee shall be held to see to the application of such property.

K. My Personal Representative shall also in his or her absolute discretion determine the allocation of any GST exemption available to me at my death to property passing under this Will or otherwise. The determination of my Personal Representative with respect to any elections or allocation, if made or taken in good faith, shall be binding upon all affected.

  1.                  CONTESTING BENEFICIARY

If any beneficiary under this Will, or any trust herein mentioned, contests or attacks this Will or any of its provisions, any share or interest in my estate given to that contesting beneficiary under this Will is revoked and shall be disposed of in the same manner provided herein as if that contesting beneficiary had predeceased me.

  1.                  GUARDIAN AD LITEM NOT REQUIRED

I direct that the representation by a guardian ad litem of the interests of persons unborn, unascertained or legally incompetent to act in proceedings for the allowance of accounts hereunder be dispensed with to the extent permitted by law.

  1.               GENDER

Whenever the context permits, the term “Personal Representative” shall include “Executor” and “Administrator,” the use of a particular gender shall include any other gender, and references to the singular or the plural shall be interchangeable. All references to the Internal Revenue Code shall mean the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 or any successor Code. All references to estate taxes shall include inheritance and other death taxes.

  1.             ASSIGNMENT

The interest of any beneficiary in this Will, shall not be alienable, assignable, attachable, transferable nor paid by way of anticipation, nor in compliance with any order, assignment or covenant and shall not be applied to, or held liable for, any of their debts or obligations either in law or equity and shall not in any event pass to his, her, or their assignee under any instrument or under any insolvency or bankruptcy law, and shall not be subject to the interference or control of creditors, spouses or others.

  1.            GOVERNING LAW

This document shall be governed by the laws in the State of Illinois.

  1.              BINDING ARRANGEMENT

Any decision by my Personal Representative with respect to any discretionary power hereunder shall be final and binding on all persons interested. Unless due to my Executor’s own willful default or gross negligence, no Executor shall be liable for said Executor’s acts or omissions or those of any coExecutor or prior Executor.

I, the undersigned ________________________, do hereby declare that I sign and execute this instrument as my last Will, that I sign it willingly in the presence of each of the undersigned witnesses, and that I execute it as my free and voluntary act for the purposes herein expressed, on this ____ day of ________________, 20____.


________________________________      ___________________________________
Testator Signature                   Testator (Printed Name)



The foregoing instrument, was on this ____ day of ________________, 20____, subscribed on each page and at the end thereof by ________________________, the above-named Testator, and by (him/her) signed, sealed, published and declared to be (his/her) LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT, in the presence of us and each of us, who thereupon, at (his/her) request, in (his/her) presence, and in the presence of each other, have hereunto subscribed our names as attesting witnesses thereto.


________________________________      ___________________________________
Witness Signature                   Address

________________________________      ___________________________________
Witness Signature                   Address



STATE OF ____________________

COUNTY OF __________________, SS.

 Before me, the undersigned authority, on this day personally appeared ___________, testator, ____________________, witness and ___________________, witness, known to me to be the testator and the witnesses, respectively, whose names are signed to the attached or foregoing instrument, and, all of these persons being by me duly sworn, the testator declared to me and to the witnesses in my presence that the instrument is the testator’s last will and that the testator  has willingly signed or directed another to sign for him/her, and that the testator executed it as the testator’s free and voluntary act for the purposes therein expressed; and each of the witnesses stated to me, in the presence of the testator, that they signed the will as witnesses and that to the best of their knowledge the testator was eighteen (18) years of age or over, of sound mind and under no constraint or undue influence.

______________________________      ______________________________
Testator Signature                   Witness Signature

                               ______________________________                                                                                                    Witness Signature


Subscribed and sworn to before me by the said testator and the said witnesses, this

____ day of ________________, 20____.

      Notary Public

      My Commission expires:


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