by Roger Chartier:
If you need to create a "Will" or more formally called a "Last Will and Testament", you will need certain things included in the document that are important for it to be binding.
The Top of the document should read "Last Will and Testament".
Next you will want to create the declaration: Your name, home address and that you are of sound mind and good memory and state that it is your Last Will and Testament revoking all previous wills and codicils. State that you are not under duress or undue influence to make this will.
Name an executor
Name a guardian to be responsible for your minor children
Name your beneficiaries. A spouse has a strong legal standing. Anything done to keep a spouse from inheriting can be challenged in court.
List your assets
Bequests: Mention people or organizations, to which you want specific assets of money to go.
Make your funeral arrangements.
Detail what you want done with your carcass.
The Signature of witnesses: Witnesses cannot be anyone mentioned in the will or who have anything to gain in any way from your will.
Seek legal advice from an attorney if you don't want to take a chance of problems rising up for you about your will after you are dead. It is much more difficult for you to resolve these issues after your death.