A witness is someone who sees the event and is prepared to confirm the occurrence of that event. When it comes to wills and trusts, witnesses play a prominent role. To ensure your will is legally abiding, it is important that your will is properly witnessed and signed.
Noteworthy facts about selecting witnesses:
- Must be over 18 years of age
- Must not be blind
- Must not be a potential beneficiary of the will (they will lose the benefits of the gift, entitlement or inheritance)
- Must not be a spouse of a potential beneficiary of the will (they will lose the benefits of the gift, entitlement or inheritance)
- Must not be a member of your family
- Eligible to attest if you are an executor or their spouse
You must sign your will:
- In the presence of the two witnesses
- The two witnesses must sign in your presence
- The two witnesses must sign in the presence of each other as witnesses
No one should leave the room until the will is witnessed and signed by you and the two witnesses.
If you are in any doubt as to whether or not you should make a will or who should be appointed as witnesses to attest your will, consult professional advisors for more information.
Holborn Assets specialises in wills and trusts. Our expertise spans across the UAE and the UK with experience in will-writing services over a decade. Let us offer you a step-by-step guidance through the entire process of drawing up your will. If you have a UK Will, it may not be eligible in Sharia Law countries.