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3-step Guide to Signing Your Will (Short Video)

IMAGE: Family and text: Signing Your WillWe all know the importance of making a Will – it gives reassurance that everything will be in order for our loved ones when we pass on.

Our spouse, our children, grandchildren and other family and friends will receive our assets in accordance with our wishes and their needs.

What is not so well known is that if a Will is not properly signed, then that Will can be invalidated.

Help make sure that this does not happen to you and your loved ones by ensuring that the procedure for signing your Will follows these 3 steps:

  1. Read the Will carefully and make sure that you understand its effect.
  2. Sign and date the Will in the presence of two independent witnesses, using your normal signature. Both witnesses must be present at the same time.
  3. The two independent witnesses sign and provide details of their full names, addresses and any occupations.

Witnesses can be any adults with full mental capacity but should not be beneficiaries in the Will, or the spouse or civil partner of a beneficiary.

Once completed, the Will is valid and will take effect when the maker of the Will dies. (Any earlier Wills will usually be automatically revoked unless specific provision is made in the Will to avoid this, for example to ensure another Will dealing with overseas property remains in force.)

By Francis Durrant, Head of the Wills, Trusts & Estates team at Cambridge solicitors Barr Ellison

Disclaimer: While we do all that is possible in terms of ensuring its accuracy, this blog contains general information only. Nothing in these pages constitutes legal advice. You need to consult a suitably qualified lawyer from the firm on any specific legal problem or matter.

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