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What is the role of the witnesses?

In order for your Will to be legally valid it must be signed by you in the presence of two witnesses, who are over the age of 18. They must also sign the Will in your presence, after you have signed it.

A witness or his/her spouse cannot benefit under your Will. An executor who acts as a witness will lose any benefit under your Will.  Your Will may contain a clause (known as a charging clause) which means that a solicitor or his or her firm will be entitled to be paid fees if they act in the administration of your estate following your death. However, if the solicitor witnesses your Will then this ‘benefit’ may be void.

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