Is it standard procedure the have the signatures on a Will verified?

UPDATED: May 15, 2014

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Is it standard procedure the have the signatures on a Will verified?

The county clerk is requiring my mother who has been named executor to her mother’s estate to have 2 of the 3 witnesses to the signing of the will provide and affidavit verifying their signatures. All signatures were properly notarized. Is this standard?

Asked on May 15, 2014 under Estate Planning, West Virginia


S.L,. Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

This is not standard procuedure.

Standard procedure is for the testator (the person whose Will this is) to sign the Will in the presence of witnesses.  The witnesses sign the Will in the presence of the testator.  The signatures don't need to be notarized.  Since the signatures on your grandmother's Will were notarized, there isn't any need for an additional affidavit verifying the signatures.

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