i. All the three of you must be present (you and the two witnesses) at the same time.
ii. You sign the will first followed by each of the two witnesses.
iii. The witnesses sign their usual signatures followed by their names, occupation, and addresses.
iv. Nobody leaves the room before the signing process is completed.
v. The signing should be done without pressure from any party.
A Self-Proving Affidavit may be used. A self-proving affidavit is a statement document by a witness stating that he/she witnessed the signing of the will and that you were mentally competent when you signed it.
If present, the witnesses must sign the self-proving affidavit in the presence of a notary public after presenting necessary identification. The notary must then sign the affidavit and affix his seal to it.
The self-proving affidavit can persuade a probate court not to require the witness to take the stand at a probate hearing after the testator’s death.
Lack of a self-proving affidavit, however, does not make a will invalid.
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