Legal Question in Wills and Trusts in Georgia

Is a notary needed to witness will

In a hand-written will, signed and witnessed by 2, does it also need a notary public to sign and seal?

Asked on 1/10/05, 7:52 pm

2 Answers from Attorneys

Glen Ashman Ashman Law Office

Re: Is a notary needed to witness will

First of all, that's a bad idea. As inexpensive as it is to do a will right, why risk fouling things up?

The answer is maybe yes or maybe no. A self-proving Georgia will needs a notary. A non-self proving will does not.

But again, don't risk it. Feel free to call us if you're near Atlanta and wish to make out a will. 404-768-3509.

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Answered on 1/10/05, 7:55 pm

Glenn M. Lyon, Esq. MacGREGOR LYON, LLC, Business Attorneys

Re: Is a notary needed to witness will

It is not technically required, but if you have a notarized affidavit of the testator and the witnesses, the will is self-proving. That way, the witnesses need not testify in probate court.

If you would like to discuss any issues further, please feel free to contact my office. My contact information is below. Thank you.

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Answered on 1/11/05, 8:56 am

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