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Illinois Last Will and Testament Form

When planning for your future and your family's future, it is important to think about what will happen after you die. Who will receive your money and property, and how will your assets be divided? If you have minor children, who will care for them? You can use a will to let others know your answers to these questions so that your wishes are honored. FindLaw has partnered with US Legal to provide low-cost will forms that can be completed at your convenience. Use our guided process to customize, print, and sign your legally valid document.

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Do I Really Need a Will in Illinois?

A will is not legally required in Illinois, but you should consider having one if you want to determine who receives your assets after your death. If you have children, you should consider using a will to name a guardian for your children.

Dying without a valid will is called being intestate. If you die intestate, an Illinois court will follow Illinois's laws for intestate succession. The intestate succession laws include a list of relatives ranked by priority to inherit from you. Your spouse and children are the first options to inherit from you. If you are not married and have no children, a court will continue down the list from close relatives to distant relatives until it finds someone who can inherit from you.

A judge will not explore whether your relatives had a good relationship with you or if you would have wanted to give assets to them. An estranged family member could end up benefitting from your years of work and saving. In rare instances, a person's estate will pass to the state of Illinois if they do not have at least one relative to inherit from them.

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