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Making a Will

Reviewed 08/05/2021

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New Hampshire Statutes

New Hampshire statute, RSA 551, sets out the requirements for creating a will.  It covers who can make a will, the general requirements for making a will, the requirements for making a self-proved will, wills made outside the state, requirements regarding property and children named and unnamed in the will, revocation of a will, and requirements for wills of soldiers in active service or a mariner or seaman when at sea.  RSA 551-A sets out New Hampshire’s version of the Uniform International Wills Act, giving requirements for creating a valid New Hampshire will when the person making the will is outside the United States.  Another New Hampshire statute, RSA 21, says that the word “will” in New Hampshire statutes includes “codicils”, which are amendments to wills.

New Hampshire Cases

Please remember that this guide is for information purposes only and is not comprehensive.  It is intended as a starting point for research, to illustrate the various sources of the law, and to provide guidance in their use. NH Law About ... is not a substitute for the services of an attorney.