Solomon, Steiner & Peck, Ltd.
Call today for a consultation: 
216-245-0185 / 866-642-0932

The importance of valid signatures on a will

For Ohio residents who are thinking about their estate and their heirs, understanding the various details about wills is one of the most important factors. While they might have a full grasp on their assets and how they want them distributed, certain rules have to be followed to ensure the legality of the document.

One key issue that is frequently overlooked is the simple act of the signatures on the document. Adhering to the necessary steps will make certain that the will is valid. Witnesses must sign the will. The testator should sign the document with two witnesses who are 18 or older. The state in which the will is being crafted will dictate how many witnesses there must be, when the testator has to sign, and if it is possible to have a handwritten or holographic will.

The witnesses should also sign a self-proving affidavit. A notary public is not required to have a valid will, but the self-proving affidavit is a sworn statement from witnesses that is given in the presence of a notary. This will avoid the necessity for the witnesses to have to swear to the will's validity in probate court. The executor should be told of the will's existence and where it is kept.

Provided the will adhered to the laws of the state in which the testator resided when it was made, it will be valid in any state at the time of death. The state laws should be examined when moving to a new state. If changes are necessary to adhere to the new state's laws, this should be done to ensure its validity. To make sure that the laws are followed for creating and maintaining a valid will, having the assistance of an estate planning attorney can be advisable.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

2005 BBB Torch Award Recipient Recipients of the 2005 BBB Torch Award Honoring Business of Integrity

EMAIL US FOR A RESPONSE

We are here to help. Contact our attorneys today.

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Mayfield Heights Office
6105 Parkland Boulevard
Suite 140
Mayfield Heights, OH 44124

Toll Free: 866-642-0932
Phone: 216-245-0185
Fax: 216-595-2787
Mayfield Heights Law Office Map

Independence Office
6100 Oaktree Blvd.
Suite #200 - Park Centre 1
Independence, OH 44131

Toll Free: 866-642-0932
Phone: 216-245-0185
Fax: 216-595-2787
Map & Directions

Westlake Office
159 Crocker Park Boulevard
4th Floor
Westlake, OH 44145

Toll Free: 866-642-0932
Phone: 216-245-0185
Fax: 216-595-2787
Map & Directions

Mentor Office
5966 Heisley Road
Ste 201
Mentor, OH 44060

Toll Free: 866-642-0932
Phone: 216-245-0185
Fax: 216-595-2787
Map & Directions

Review Us