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How to make your Will valid

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09 November 2018

Now that you have made your Will, there are certain things you must do to make it valid and enforceable.

Below we list 8 very important things you must consider and affect to make your Will valid:

Signing

Each page of the Will must be signed in full by the testator and by two competent witnesses.

Testator’s Age

The testator must be over the age of 16 years and mentally capable of appreciating the nature and effect of the act of making a Last Will and Testament.

Witnesses Age

The Witnesses must be over the age of 14 years and competent to give evidence in a Court of Law.

Time of Signing

The testator and the witnesses must sign at the same time in the presence of each other.

Who may NOT sign

People who are named as beneficiariesguardiansexecutors or trustees (including their spouses) may not sign as witnesses.

Written Changes

Additions, deletions and changes to the Will must be legible and clear and must be individually signed (full signature) by the testator and the witnesses in the margins opposite the addition deletion change.

Will must be Dated

The Will must be dated on the last page.

Original Will

Keep the original Will somewhere safe and ideally let your family know where the Will is kept Your family will need the Original Will.

Article via: GCM Legal

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