Legal Question in Wills and Trusts in California

Does a signed draft of a trust need to be notarized to be legal in California?

Asked on 2/06/10, 9:17 am

2 Answers from Attorneys

Jonathan Reich De Castro, West, Chodorow, Glickfeld & Nass, Inc.

I am not sure what you mean by a signed draft. If it is signed that implies that it is the final trust document. The document should be witnessed but it does not need to be notarized.

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Answered on 2/11/10, 9:23 am

Michele Cusack Pollak & Cusack

No, but it is customary, and could raise questions about the validity of the document if the notarization is omitted.

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Answered on 2/11/10, 9:23 am

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