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Asked on: 1/04/05, 2:54 pm

Notarizing Wills

My husband and I each prepared separate wills. We both have a child from previous relationships, both age 14 and 13 and one child from our own union, age 21 months. Should there be a notary public stamp for each of our signatures as well as the 2 witnesses? We have been getting conflicting answers to this issue so we decided to get legal advice. The will includes a self-proving affidavit which were all included in the Quicken Lawyer software we used. I always thought that the notary stamp must be placed closed to each signature to signify that the Notary has witnessed the signing. Would you please clarify this matter for us, where should the notary stamp be placed and should there be a stamp for each signature of the testator and witnesses for the will itself and the self-proving affidavit? If all signatures are contained in just one page of the will and the self-proving afidavit, would one stamp be enough to legalize these documents?

Thank you.

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