After writing a will using our online will writing service, it needs to be printed and signed alongside two witnesses. Here, we'll cover who can witness a will and why they're so important.
At Farewill, we make it our mission to help you make a will in the quickest, simplest and most affordable way possible. But unless you take the time to sign your will alongside a couple of witnesses, all of that is worth nothing.
Here, we'll cover the importance of having your will witnessed and signed, and we'll also help you choose the best people to witness your will.
After writing a will, you need to sign it alongside two witnesses to make it legally binding. First, you should sign your will with both witnesses watching, then each witness should add their signature alongside details like their name, address and occupation. This is so that, if your will is contested in the future, your witnesses can testify that they watched you sign your will.
Another reason your will needs to be witnessed is to demonstrate testamentary capacity…
Testamentary capacity is the legal term used to describe a person's legal and mental ability to make or alter a will. In general, if someone can do all four of the following things, the law determines that they have testamentary capacity:
If you think any of these points could be in doubt, we recommend that you ask a medical practitioner to act as one of your witnesses. This can help to prove that you have capacity to sign your will. There are a few other reasons why you may need a medical practitioner to witness your will, which will be covered later in this article.
Your will can be witnessed and signed by anyone over the age of 18, but there a couple of rules that need to be followed:
The law in England and Wales recommends that anyone who is elderly or seriously ill should ask a medical practitioner, such as a GP, to act as a witness to their will. This is particularly important if you are mentally ill or have a terminal illness, as you need to be able to demonstrate testamentary capacity when writing a will.
If you feel like this might apply to you, you could ask your GP or specialist to witness your will. But remember, you'll still need a second person to witness your will, and they both need to watch you sign it at the same time.
After writing a will, printing it out at home and binding the pages together, there are a couple of steps you and your witnesses need to take to make it legally valid:
If you're writing a will using our online will writing service, you'll find clear guidance on what to do next after downloading and printing your will. But if you have any questions, please call us on 020 8050 2686.
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