Age at which Testators can Make Wills, Rights of Married Women, Number of Witnesses Required, Courts that have Jurisdiction, Etc.

Alabama. - All persons twenty-one years of age may devise real estate by will, and at eighteen or over may dispose of personal property. Two witnesses are required. Married women may bequeath their separate estates. Wills are recorded in the probate judge's office.

Arizona Territory. - Testators, male or female, must be twenty-one years old. Two witnesses are required. Married women may devise their separate property.

Arkansas. - Must be twenty-one years of age to devise real estate, and eighteen to devise personal property. Three witnesses are required. Wills are recorded in the probate court of the county where most of the bequeathed land is situated; but if only personal property is devised, then in the county where the testator died. Married women devise their separate property as they please.

California. - At eighteen or over testators may devise real or personal property. Married women may dispose, by will, of their separate estate without the consent of their husbands. Two witnesses are required for all written wills.

Colorado. - The testator, if male, must be twenty-one; if female, eighteen. Either male or female may will personal property at seventeen. Neither husband nor wife can deprive the other of one-half the property by will, except wife may do so with written consent of husband. Two witnesses are required. Wills are recorded in county courts, where letters of administration are issued; also with the recorder in counties where the testator owned real estate.

Connecticut. - All persons over eighteen can dispose of their property by will, either real or personal. Three witnesses are required. Ten years are allowed, after the testator's death, in which to probate his will. Wills are recorded in the probate courts.

Dakota Territory. - At eighteen persons may devise both their personal and real property. Two witnesses are necessary. Married women may dispose of their separate estates without the consent of their husbands. A will made by an unmarried woman is revoked by her marriage, and not revived by the death of her husband.

Delaware. - The testator must be twenty-one years old. Two witnesses are required. Married women, with the written consent of their husbands, given under their hands and seals, in presence of two witnesses, may dispose of their property by will.

District of Columbia. - Male testators must be twenty-one years old; females, eighteen. Three witnesses are required to testator's signature. Married women will their separate property to whom they please. Wills are recorded in the registry of wills.

Florida. - Required age, twenty-one. Three witnesses.

Georgia. - Testator must be twenty-one. Three witnesses required. Recorded in the court of ordinary.

Idaho Territory. - Testator must be twenty-one. Husband must leave wife one-half of common property. At eighteen can dispose of goods and chattels. Married woman may dispose of her separate estate. Two witnesses required. Will first recorded in the probate court, and afterward in all counties where real estate is located.

Illinois. - Males must be twenty-one; females, eighteen. Two witnesses necessary. Wills filed in probate court and originals remain there.

Indiana. - Testator must be twenty-one. Two witnesses.

Iowa.-Must be twenty-one years old. Two witnesses.

Kansas. - Testator required to be twenty-one years old. Two witnesses.

Kentucky. - Testator must be twenty-one. If written by testator himself, one witness only required; if written by other than the testator, two witnesses necessary. A married woman may dispose of her separate estate by will.

Louisiana. - Must be twenty-one. Two male witnesses required over the age of sixteen.

Maine. - Men and women alike may devise their property, real and personal. Three witnesses necessary. Wills, transferring real estate, are recorded like deeds. Estates are settled in the probate court.

Maryland. - Men must be twenty-one; women, eighteen. Three witnesses necessary. Wills of personal property do not require witnesses. Wills must be proven in the orphans' court of each county, or before the register of wills.

Massachusetts. - Any person may will real or personal property. A husband cannot be deprived of one-half of his wife's personal property or a life interest in her real estate by her will, unless he consents to the devise. Three witnesses required to signature of testator. Wills are recorded in the office of register of probate.

Michigan. - Testator must be twenty-one. Two witnesses. Copies of the wills must be recorded in the county registers' offices where the lands are located.

Minnesota. - Men must be twenty-one; women, eighteen. Two witnesses. Estates are settled in probate courts, where wills are recorded. Copies are recorded in counties where devised real estate is located.

Mississippi. - Testators must be twenty-one, male or female. Three witnesses required. Pro-bate is made in the court of chancery, or by the clerk thereof, and recorded in his office.

Missouri. - Must be twenty-one to devise real estate, and eighteen to bequeath personal property. Married women may devise real estate at the age of eighteen. Two witnesses. After pro-bate, wills are recorded in the office of the register of deeds.

Montana Territory. - Every person, at eighteen, may devise any kind of property in writing. Two witnesses.

Nebraska. - Two witnesses. Wills may be recorded in the office of the clerk of the county where bequeathed real estate is located.

Nevada. - Testators over eighteen years of age may dispose of any of their property after payment of debts is provided for. Married woman may devise her separate estate without husband's consent. Wills must be recorded in the courts where they are admitted to probate.

New Hampshire. - Must be twenty-one years old. Three witnesses. Wills are recorded in the office of the register of probate, and proved in probate courts.

New Jersey. - Must be twenty-one years old. Married woman cannot will away her husband's interest in her real estate. Two witnesses. They are proved and recorded in the office of the surrogate of the county.

New Mexico. - Males over fourteen years and females over twelve years of age, if of sound mind, may execute wills, unless known to be prodigals. Verbal wills require five witnesses, and all must testify clearly as to every part of the will. Written wills need three or more witnesses. Pro-bate judges approve of wills or reject them. Appeals are taken to the district court.

New York. - Wills must be signed by testators at the end, but need not be sealed. Males can bequeath personal property when eighteen, and females at sixteen. Two witnesses to the signature of the testator and his acknowledgment of the document are required to be affixed to the will, which is proven in the office of the surrogate of the county where the testator lived.

North Carolina. - Wills have two witnesses. Married women devise their separate estates. Wills must be recorded in the probate court of the county where the testator lived.

Ohio. - Must be twenty-one years old. Two witnesses. Wills are admitted to probate or record in the office of the probate judge.

Oregon. - Testators must be twenty-one years old in order to devise real estate, but may bequeath personal property if over eighteen years of age. Married women devise real estate subject to their husbands' interest in it. Two witnesses.

Pennsylvania. - Testators must be twenty-one years old. Two witnesses necessary, who, however, are not required to place their signatures to the will. A husband is not competent as a witness to his wife's will.

Rhode Island. - Real estate may be devised by persons twenty-one years old, and personal property by those over eighteen years. Two witnesses. Probate courts are located at Newport and Providence, where wills are recorded. In other places they are recorded by town-clerks.

South Carolina. - Wills devising both real estate and personal property must be executed in the presence of three or more subscribing witnesses, and recorded in the probate court of the county where the testator resided.

Tennessee. - Where only personal property is devised the witnesses need not subscribe their names to the will. Married women can devise their separate property, unless they hold it under previous restraint. County courts are courts of probate.

Texas. - All persons, twenty-one years old, may devise their real and personal estate. Two witnesses necessary. Wills are admitted and proved in county courts, if presented for probate within four years after the death of the testator. Devises of real estate must be confined to written wills.

Utah Territory. - Testators, male and female, may devise their real and personal property by will when eighteen years old. This includes the separate property of married women. Two witnesses required.

Vermont. - Three witnesses. Real and personal property of a married woman may be devised by her will. Estates are settled in probate courts. Wills may be recorded either in probate courts or in town-clerk's office wherever the devised real estate is located.

Virginia. - Persons of sound mind may devise their real estate by will after they become twenty-one years of age, and their personal property at the age of eighteen years. This includes the separate property of married women. Two witnesses. Estates are settled in either corporation, county or circuit courts, in the county or corporation where the testator lived, or where his real estate is located.

Washington Territory. - Two witnesses. Males must be twenty-one years old, and females eighteen years, devising both real and personal estate. Married women are restricted in this respect by their husbands' claims upon their property.

West Virginia. - All persons of twenty-one years old, may devise their real and personal estate by a written will, duly attested. Two witnesses.

Wisconsin. - Wills, including those of married women, must be in writing, and signed in the presence of two or more subscribing witnesses. Wills are proved and admitted to probate in county courts.

Wyoming Territory. - There being no territorial laws on the subject, the usages of common law regulate the execution and proof of wills. They are proved and admitted to settlement in the probate courts. Married women are at liberty to devise their separate property as they please.