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Signing a will, having it witnessed – who can be a witness & what is required?

WitnessThe legal formalities to make a valid will require the will-maker to sign their will in the  presence of at least two people, acting as formal witnesses to the event.  Signing a will in front of witnesses fulfils a protective function. Can anyone witness or attest the signing of a will? And what must they do ?

Signing and execution of a will – same thing?

witnessing a will, witnesses, attest, sign, make a willSigning a document is not the same thing as having to execute it. We might talk about signing a will but technically, a will is required by law to be executed. So what does execution mean and what has to be done to execute a will for it to be legally valid?

Codicil to a will – making minor changes to a will

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A codicil is a short additional document used to make a minor alteration to an existing will. Both the will and the codicil documents together become the “will” of the person expressing what they want done with their property when they die. Changing executors and trustees in the will is one example where a codicil is used.  Main topics:

Update a will to avoid unintended outcomes

Updating a will might seem a troublesome chore, but circumstances can change from the time it was made. The changes might produce unintended and unwanted outcomes in the event of death. Therefore reviewing a will is important to keep its contents in line with intentions.  Regularly reviewing your will is important so it reflects your intentions.