By Lorie Burch, Owner & Founding Attorney of Burch Law
During this time, there is a heightened concern for getting your affairs in order. One of the biggest challenges is getting your Will signed with all legal requirements. To be a valid Will, you must sign it in the physical presence of two unrelated, disinterested witnesses. For added protection, it should also be notarized. That is three people who are not your family that you have to be face to face with at a time when you are supposed to be social distancing and sheltered at home.
One exception is a holographic Will that is entirely in your own handwriting and signed. That’s it! Now, this is a TEMPORARY fix and has many drawbacks as far as not being able to have the degree of legal complexity and thoroughness that even a simple Will requires and it does require extra steps to prove-up in probate court. BUT this is better than having nothing and it is better than trying to complete an online form (that still need the formal signing requirements).
We do not recommend that you attempt to write this without any instruction, so we’ve created an online tutorial that will guide you on the best way to Write Your Own Will. Click here to start the tutorial!