Your Will is only legally enforceable when it has been correctly signed and witnessed. We've created a quick checklist below to take all the guesswork out for you.
Before you rush ahead and start signing, you should print out your Will and read it back to front. Make sure you understand everything - if you have any questions, feel free to get in touch with us, or an independent legal adviser.
Once you have understood your Will, you'll need two witnesses to watch you sign the document, and to sign it themselves. These witness cannot be:
While these requirements aren't mandatory in all jurisdictions, our legal advisers recommend ensuring your witnesses are as impartial as possible. For further information, see our guidance notes.
Using blue or black pen, proceed to sign every page of your Will. Make sure the numbers on the pages are consecutive and complete so that you don't sign an incomplete Will. You should state in front of your witnesses that you have read and understood the Will, and that you intend it to be binding as a legally valid Will.
After watching you sign the Will, both witnesses should sign each page of the Will too, using the same pen.
After you've all signed, make sure to store your Will someplace safe, making sure a family member or your Executor know where it is and how to access it.
Safewill also allows you to securely store a digital copy of your signed Will, giving you the added peace of mind that your Will can always be located. You can even notify your Executor that your Will is stored with us, providing an added measure of security that your document can be accessed by those who need it, when they need it.