How do I make sure my Will is valid?

For a will to be valid:

  • it must be in writing, signed by you, and witnessed by two people
  • you must have the mental capacity to make the will and understand the effect it will have
  • you must have made the will voluntarily and without pressure from anyone else.
  • You and the witnesses must be over 18

The beginning of the will should state that it revokes all others. If you have an earlier will, you should destroy it.

The will also needs to be signed and witnessed?

You must sign your will in the presence of two independent witnesses, who must also sign it in your presence – so all three people should be in the room together when each one signs. If the will is signed incorrectly, it is not valid.

Beneficiaries of the will, their spouses or civil partners shouldn’t act as witnesses, or they lose their right to the inheritance. Beneficiaries shouldn’t even be present in the room when the will is signed. It’s also best not to ask an executor to act as a witness.

For more information on Will writing speak to one of our expert team by calling 01603 927273 or email [email protected]

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