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  • Writer's pictureDweise Harris

Protect Your Assets: Why You Should Notarize Your Will Today

Updated: Jul 7, 2023

A will is a legal document that expresses your wishes for the distribution of your assets after your death. It is an important part of estate planning and can help ensure that your wishes are carried out. I've encountered many situations where people don't have a will in place, which can lead to challenging situations for their families.

The Value of Having a Notarized Will

I met a man named John who had worked hard his entire life to build up a successful business and provide for his family. As he approached his golden years, John began worrying about what would happen to his assets and loved ones after he passed away.

John decided to create a will to protect his family and ensure that his wishes were carried out after his death. However, he soon learned that simply writing down his wishes on a piece of paper was not enough.

That's when John discovered the importance of notarizing his will. Notarization involves having a notary public witness and certifying the signing of a legal document, such as a will. This extra step adds a layer of security and legitimacy to the document, making it more difficult to contest in court.

John realized that by notarizing his will, he could rest easy knowing that his assets would be distributed according to his wishes and his loved ones would be taken care of after he was gone.

He made an appointment with a notary public and went through the process of signing and notarizing his will. It was a simple process that gave him peace of mind.

What Are the Benefits of a Notarized Will?

In most states, a will does not need to be notarized to be valid. However, there are some benefits to having your will notarized.

  • It adds an extra layer of security. A notary public will verify your identity and witness you signing your will. This can help to deter fraud and ensure that your will is valid.

  • It makes your will self-proving. A self-proving will is a will that includes an affidavit from the witnesses who signed your will. This affidavit states that the witnesses saw you sign your will and that they are not beneficiaries of your will. A self-proving will can save time and money if your will is ever challenged in court.

  • It makes it easier to probate your will. Probate is the legal process of distributing your assets after your death. If your will is notarized, it will be easier for the probate court to accept it as valid. This can help speed up the probate process and ensure your wishes are carried out as quickly as possible.

What Happens When You Pass Away?

Sadly, a few years later, John passed away. However, thanks to his notarized will, his assets were distributed according to his wishes, and his family was cared for in the way he had intended.

John's story is a powerful reminder of the importance of notarizing your will. By taking this extra step, you can protect your assets and ensure that your loved ones are provided for after you're gone. Don't wait until it's too late – notarize your will today.

Here are some additional tips for notarizing your will:

  • Choose a reputable notary public. You can find a notary public in your area by searching online or by contacting your local bar association.

  • Bring your original will to the notary. Do not bring a copy of your will, as the notary will need to see the original document.

  • Bring two witnesses with you. The witnesses must be adults who are not beneficiaries of your will.

  • Sign your will in front of the notary and the witnesses. The notary will then complete the notarization process.

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