Is a Will legally binding?

Yes, subject to some conditions.

For a Will you draft to be legal, you have to be over 18, of sound mind, to understand what you’re doing, and be aware of the property you’re leaving and the people to whom you’re leaving it when making a will.

In addition, your Will must be made of your own volition and without any outside pressure from people who might benefit.
When your will is complete, you need to sign it in the presence of two witnesses, both of whom must add their own signatures, and not be beneficiaries from the Will, and that makes it into a legal document.

For example, if you sell or give away an asset that your Will says someone should inherit, then naturally they won’t be able to inherit it. That’s a major reason why keeping Wills up to date is necessary, and thanks to free Will writing services, also quite easy and cheap to arrange.

Of course, circumstances do change, and you might want to change your will. For a proper legal document, you could either make a new will or add a codicil. Unless there are big changes, a codicil, or amendment to the will, might well be adequate. Like the original will, it needs to be signed and also have the signatures of two witnesses to become a legal document, although they don’t have to be the same people who signed the original will.

You can destroy a will by tearing it up or burning it – but you have to do it yourself, or it must be done while you’re there. You also need to make sure that your new will has a clause revoking all prior wills.

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