We have a signed will which is witnessed and signed by first party. It is not notarized, though. Will it hold up in court?

Asked almost 2 years ago - Plainfield, CT

My father-in-law wishes to leave all world possessions to his son. He had a last will and testament drawn up and signed by witness completing it. Because it is not notarized, concerned about legal actions others can take, and if a court would recognize this alone

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  1. Jeffrey L Crown

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    Answered . Under Connecticut law, a will must be in writing. and signed at the end by the testator [will maker]. It has to be witnessed by two people who sign as witnesses in the testator's presence.

    The courts interpret these statutory requirements strictly. One has to comply with all of them..

    Your father should hire a Connecticut lawyer to take care of his will.

    LEGAL DISCLAIMER Atty. Crown is licensed to practice law in Connecticut with an office in Rocky Hill. His phone... more
  2. Joseph Franklin Pippen Jr.

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    Answered . If signed by one witness-it would not be valid.
    You should have an experienced estate planning attorney
    draft and have the will properly executed.

    The answer given does not imply that an attorney-client relationship has been established and your best course of... more
  3. Steven J. Fromm

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    Answered . If someone is serious about protecting their wealth they need to have a will drafted and executed correctly. By not doing so, they risk the will being invalidated or worse having a courtroom battle over its validity or intent. Please get him to see the folly of this course of action. Get an estates attorney involved. DO IT RIGHT, OR NOT AT ALL!

    LEGAL DISCLAIMER Mr. Fromm is licensed to practice law throughout the state of PA with offices in Philadelphia... more
  4. Alan James Brinkmeier

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    Answered . Have him hire a lawyer. It is not done correctly. And so, when he dies his last wishes will not come to pass.

    Hire a lawyer.

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