Connecticut Will Requirements Statute

The statute which requires which sets out the requirements of writing, signing and witnessing a Connecticut Will is contained in title 45a, chapter 802a Wills: execution and construction. Here are select provisions for your reference:
Sec. 45a-251. (Formerly Sec. 45-161). Making and execution of wills. Wills executed outside the state. A will or codicil shall not be valid to pass any property unless it is in writing, subscribed by the testator and attested by two witnesses, each of them subscribing in the testator’s presence; but any will executed according to the laws of the state or country where it was executed may be admitted to probate in this state and shall be effectual to pass any property of the testator situated in this state. Sec. 45a-258. (Formerly Sec. 45-172). Devise or bequest to subscribing witness. Every devise or bequest given in any will or codicil to a subscribing witness, or to the husband or wife of such subscribing witness, shall be void unless such will or codicil is legally attested without the signature of such witness, or unless such devisee or legatee is an heir to the testator. The competency of such witness shall not be affected by any such devise or bequest. The interest of any witness in any community, church, society, association or corporation, beneficially interested in any devise or bequest, shall not affect such devise or bequest or the competency of such witness. Sec. 45a-259. (Formerly Sec. 45-173). Reference to document creating trust. The reference in a will or codicil to a trust document by which a devise or bequest is made to such trust shall not thereby cause such trust or such part of the assets thereof distributed to it by such devise or bequest to be subject to the jurisdiction of the probate court in which such will or codicil is admitted to probate. Sec. 45a-261. (Formerly Sec. 45-160a). Effect of devise of all real property. Every devise purporting to convey all the real property of the testator shall be construed to convey all the real property belonging to him at the time of his decease, unless it clearly appears by his will that he intended otherwise. Sec. 45a-262. (Formerly Sec. 45-161a). Words of inheritance apply to child born through A.I.D. The words “child”, “children”, “issue”, “descendants”, “descendant”, “heirs”, “heir”, “unlawful heirs”, “grandchild” and “grandchildren”, when used in the singular or plural in any will or trust instrument, shall, unless such document clearly indicates a contrary intention, be deemed to include children born as a result of A.I.D. The provisions of this section shall apply to wills and trust instruments whether or not executed before, on or after October 1, 1975, unless the instrument indicates an intent to the contrary. Sec. 45a-264. (Formerly Sec. 45-174a). Reference to Internal Revenue Code. A devise or bequest, outright or in trust, given in any will or codicil or republication thereof in any codicil shall not be deemed invalid by reason of any reference therein to the United States Internal Revenue Code or any treasury regulation issued thereunder. Sec. 45a-267. (Formerly Sec. 45-184). Bequest of perishable property for life or years. When a testator, by his will, bequeaths the use, for life or for a term of years, of any livestock, provisions, wearing apparel or other personal property which will necessarily be consumed by using, such bequest shall give to the legatee an absolute estate in the property so bequeathed.

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