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KNOW ALL MEN BY THESE PRESENTS that I, _______________________, whose address is _____________________________________, being of sound and disposing mind and memory, do make, publish, and declare the following to be my Last Will and Testament, hereby revoking all Wills made by me at any time heretofore.
I direct my Executor, hereinafter named, to pay all my funeral expenses, administration expenses of my estate, including inheritance and succession taxes, state or federal, which may be occasioned by the passage of or succession to any interest in my estate under the terms of this instrument, and all my just debts, excepting mortgage notes secured by mortgages upon real estate.
All the rest, residue, and remainder of my estate, both real and personal, of whatsoever kind or character, and wherever situated, I give, devise, and bequeath to spouse, _____________________, to be his/hers absolutely and forever.
If my spouse does not survive me, all the rest, residue, and remainder of my estate, both real and personal, of whatsoever kind or character, and wherever situated, I give, devise, and bequeath to _________________________________, my _________________ to be his/hers absolutely and forever.
I hereby appoint _________________________________, as executor of this, my Last Will and Testament. If ____________________________ does not survive me, I hereby appoint ______________________________ as executor of my estate. I direct that no executor serving hereunder shall be required to post bond.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and seal at this _____ day of ____________, 20__.
STATE OF )
COUNTY OF )
Subscribed and sworn before me this the _____ day of ____________, 20__.
Witness my hand and seal.
___________________________________ My commission expires: