Make sure your will document is legally valid

By Martin Brieger, Site Editor.

It doesn’t have to be written on special paper or use excessive legal language. Your will is valid as long it adheres to the following conditions:

  • It states how your estate should be divided when you die.

  • It was written while you were in the right state of mind to make your own decisions, and you weren’t pressured about who to leave your belongings to. 

  • It is signed and dated by you in the presence of the number of independent, adult witnesses required by state law and then signed by these witnesses in your presence. Note that these witnesses can’t be people who are going to inherit any of your estate (or their wife/husband/civil partner). In most states you need two witnesses, however in some, such as Vermont, you need three.

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