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How Do I Know if My Will Is Valid?

If you are thinking about planning your estate, it is important that you have a valid will. There are a number of requirements that make a will valid and it essential that you make sure yours is recognized by the state. If you already have a will, you should take some time to determine whether it is valid. If not, your family may be left in the dark about your wishes, which just adds stress during the difficult time after your passing.

In the state of New Jersey, it is important that you have two witnesses present when your will is signed. They will have to testify that they are, in fact, at a will signing and that they proclaim they are aware that a will is being signed. In addition, the witnesses will have to sign a statement stating they have fulfilled the previously mentioned obligations. The will itself must be in writing and needs to be signed by the individual who created it.

If you don’t have a will, you should consult with an experienced estate planning attorney who can help you get started. You don’t need to be a person of great means to have a will. Anything you own, no matter how big or small or expensive or inexpensive, can be included in a will. Make sure you protect the future of your assets. Contact our firm today for legal assistance with estate planning and administration matters.

Juan C. Velasco, Esq. is a trusted attorney who concentrates on bankruptcy, family law, real estate, and estate matters who has been serving the New Jersey area for over 25 years. If you are in need of experienced legal counsel, please contact Velasco Law Office and we will be happy to assist you.