How Many Witnesses Are Required for a Valid Will Execution in Connecticut?

Creating a last will and testament is important for even the healthiest of adults. Your will can help protect your assets as well as your family and loved ones in the event of your passing. You must list a trusted executor to ensure the details of your wishes are honored and have witnesses present when you sign your will. You will include your property and assets and state who you wish to leave them to. You can also determine who you would like to care for your children if you have any. If you do not leave a legal document detailing your wishes then you have no control over what happens to your estate. If you wish to create a will or require legal advice regarding your will, contact a skilled Hartford County probate attorney for assistance.

Who Can Make a Will?

A person who makes a will is referred to as a testator. A testator can be any person over the age of 18 who is of sound mind. A person of sound mind has their bearings and the mental capacity to understand the decisions they are making.

Do I Need Witnesses?

The amount of witnesses you need to create a valid will is determined by your state law. In Connecticut, you must have two witnesses sign and be present when you sign.

What is Required for a Valid Will?

To create a valid and legally accepted will in Connecticut, you need to meet certain requirements. The rules surrounding the creation and execution of a will vary depending on the state you’re in. If you’re considering creating a will, check out the following steps to ensure you are following all required legal procedures.

  1. Decide what you’re going to include in your will. Common things people list include real estate, bank accounts, investments, cars, jewelry, artwork, and other personal property. Once you’ve established what you’re including, figure out who you want to inherit your assets. You can consider your spouse, children, family, friends, etc.
  2. Choose someone whom you trust to execute your will and make sure that your wishes are followed exactly. You will also want to include your wishes regarding funeral arrangements and childcare for any surviving minor children. If you’re leaving property or assets to your children you may also need to appoint someone to care for the property until they become old enough.
  3. Once your will is written up with the help of an attorney, you need to sign it in front of two witnesses.
  4. Your two witnesses will also need to sign in front of you.

Do I Need to Have a Notary Present?

In Connecticut, you are not required to have your will notarized. As long as you have two witnesses and follow the instructions laid out by state law, your will will be valid. It is worth noting that while it is not necessary, having your will notarized can make the probate process easier later on. Wills that are notarized are considered self-proved, while those not notarized have to be proven in court.

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