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Part 2: How to draft you own Will in 3 steps

Posted by Ada Davis | Jul 30, 2020 | 0 Comments

In Part One of creating your own will, you identified your assets, heirs and executor. We will now move on to the second part- finalizing the document. 

Now that you've written everything down, you have to sign your will. You can sign it yourself or you can have someone else sign it on your behalf. If you're physically unable to sign your name or don't have the capacity to do so, you can also just put your mark on it.

You should however, have the signing of your will witnessed. Every will should be witnessed by at least 2 people. Those two people should be over the age of 18 and able to sign their name and attest to the fact that you did, indeed, sign your will and was of a sound mind when you did so.

Finally, have the will notarized. You and your witnesses should appear before a notary when you sign the will so that the notary can attest that all of the signatures on the document were placed there by correctly identified individuals. 

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Ada Davis

Counselor. Teacher. Advocate. Attorney Ada A. Davis is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center. For more than fifteen years she has practiced law in the New Jersey and New York areas, including working as an associate at two big law firms in New York, NY. For the past nine years she has m...

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