Making a will

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Make sure your will is legal

For your will to be legally valid, you must:

  • be 18 or over
  • make it voluntarily
  • be of sound mind
  • make it in writing
  • sign it in the presence of 2 witnesses who are both over 18
  • have it signed by your 2 witnesses, in your presence

Signing can be witnessed both in person and remotely (for example by video conferencing). In both cases:

  • you must have a clear view of the person and the act of signing
  • the will maker (or person authorised to sign on their behalf) and witnesses must sign the same document

You can only sign remotely in England or Wales.

If you make any changes to your will you must follow the same signing and witnessing process.

You cannot leave your witnesses (or their married partners) anything in your will.