Signing Your Will

Before becoming a legally valid and binding document, your Will must be properly executed. This means it must be correctly signed and witnessed. There must be TWO WITNESSES present with you when you sign the Will. The three of you must stay together all the time, and each must see the other two sign.

Witnesses

  • There must be TWO Witnesses
  • Neither Witnesses can be a Beneficiary of the Will, nor be married to a Beneficiary
  • If a Beneficiary (or the spouse of a Beneficiary) does witness the Will, then any benefit or legacy they may have received under the Will, will be lost, and such benefit will revert to your Estate
  • Anyone can act as a Witness, such as a friend or neighbour, and they can be related to each other
  • Your Witnesses must be at least 18-years of age, be of sound mind, and be a UK citizen.
  • A Witness should not be blind
  • The Witnesses are merely confirming your signature. They should be aware that it is your Will, but they do not need to read the contents of the Will, and therefore all other clauses may be covered up
  • Your Witnesses are also confirming that you are signing the document of your own free will, and that there is no question of any duress or undue influence from any other person persuading you to sign

Procedure

  • Your two Witnesses together, must see you sign
  • Write in the DATE
  • Add your NORMAL SIGNATURE
  • DO NOT write anything else
  • The Witnesses should each then sign their NORMAL SIGNATURES, and then PRINT their FULL NAMES and ADDRESS, in yours, and each other’s presence.
  • No one should leave the room until these procedures have been carried out
  • On completion of the above steps, your Will is properly executed, and is legally valid and binding

Execution of the Will

Last Page of the Will: Attestation Clause
Example of Signing and Witnessing Procedureswitnessing_instructions

IMPORTANT:

  • DO NOT clip, staple, pin or in any other way fasten, any other document to your Will
  • DO NOT alter or make any amendments to the printed document, as this will invalidate your Will