A Last Will and Testament is (most often) a written instrument wherein a person states how he or she wishes his or her individually owned property to be disposed of upon his or her death. A Last Will and Testament is revocable during a person's lifetime. It does not become effective until death; and it distributes only those assets which the person owned individually at the time of his or her death.

An individual 18 or more years of age who is of sound mind may make a will. Mass. Gen. Laws, Ch. 190B, ยง2-501.

To be valid, a Last Will and Testament must be executed in accordance to the laws in effect in the place of making at the time of making.

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