New Hampshire Will Statute

New Hampshire Wills are governed by the New Hampshire statutes, chapter 551, title LVI probate courts and decedents’ estates:
551:1 Testators. – Every person of the age of eighteen years and married persons under that age, of sane mind, may devise and dispose of their property, real and personal, and of any right or interest they may have in any property, by their last will in writing. 551:4 Corporate Beneficiary. – No will nor any part thereof shall be holden invalid, nor any witness thereto incompetent, by reason of any or all of the witnesses being, at the time of the execution or of the probate thereof, members of a corporation to which a devise or legacy is therein given. 551:5 Will Made Outside the State. – I. A will made out of this state, and valid according to the laws of the state or country where it was executed, may be proved and allowed in this state, and shall thereupon be as effective as it would have been if executed according to the laws of this state. II. A will made out of this state, and self-proved according to the laws of the state or country where it was executed, is self-proved in this state and shall be allowed as such by the probate court. 551:6 Devise of Real Estate. – Every devise of real estate shall be holden to pass all the estate of the devisor therein, unless it shall appear that it was his intention to pass a less estate. 551:7 After-Acquired Property. – Any estate, right or interest in real property acquired by the testator after making his will, shall pass thereby, if such shall appear to have been his intention. 551:8 Limited Estate. – No express devise of an estate for life or other limited estate shall be enlarged or construed to pass any greater estate, by reason of any devise to the heirs or issue of such person. 551:9 Disseizin. – No devise or bequest of any property shall be defeated by a disseizin or wrongful dispossession thereof by any other person. 551:10 Child Not Named, Etc. – Every child born after the decease of the testator, and every child or issue of a child of the deceased not named or referred to in his will, and who is not a devisee or legatee, shall be entitled to the same portion of the estate, real and personal, as he would be if the deceased were intestate. 551:12 Heirs of Legatee. – The heirs in the descending line of a legatee or devisee, deceased before the testator, shall take the estate bequeathed or devised, in the same manner the legatee or devisee would have taken it if he had survived. 551:17 Donatio Causa Mortis. – No gift in expectation of death, often called donatio causa mortis, shall be valid, unless the actual delivery of the property to the donee shall be proved by two indifferent witnesses, upon petition of the donee to the judge to establish such gift, filed within sixty days after the decease of the donor.

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