What are the requirements for a valid will?

  • A will has to be in writing and it has to be signed by the person it applied to.
  • A will signing must be witnessed.
  • Most states require that you have two witnesses, and there are formal laws or statutes that govern or control what those witnesses must do.
  • Once you do that and signed it in front of the witnesses, you have a document that can then be filed or probated with the local courts.
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