How to sign a Will
Witnesses must be present when you execute your Will! A witness can be a Notary
For a Will to be legally binding the signing of your Will must be witnessed by either a notary public or 2 or more witnesses.
The witness is there to confirm that the Testator is the same person who is signing it. The Testator must sign in the presence of the two witnesses who are expected to include their complete name, address, and occupation. They do not need to read the will or know what’s in it.
The witnesses confirm the testator’s identity, the signature isn’t forged, the Testator isn’t forced into signing, and that they have the mental capacity to sign and understand what they are signing.
It is important you choose witnesses who have no stake in the Will to ensure impartiality. Folks that are set to inherit from your Will are not allowed to be witnesses.
Make sure you and the witnesses sign clearly and in ink.
Anyone that does not benefit from the will as a beneficiary can act as a witness including the executor(s),
Someone cannot witness if they are the spouse or civil partner of a beneficiary or the Testator nor when they are a beneficiary of the Testator
Alternatively, you can avoid the above hassle and visit a Notary to act as a witness while you sign the WIll.
A notary public is a public officer who serves the public in non-contentious matters usually concerned with foreign or international business. Notaries are appointed by the Chief Justice. In general, only solicitors are appointed.
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