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 though, 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.
Step 1: Find two witnesses
You'll need two witnesses to watch you sign your Will. These witness should be:
- Over 18 years old
- Not your partner
- Not a beneficiary under your Will
- Not legally blind
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.
Step 2: Sign the document properly
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. After watching you sign the Will, your witnesses should proceed to do the same, in the same colour pen.
Step 3: Store it safely
After you've all signed, make sure to store your Will somewhere safe and to notify at least one person (such as your executor) of its location. Make sure you review your Will regularly, and keep it up to date with Safewill's subscription service.