Can the executer of a will also sign and witness changes to the will

The will was changed without the families knowledge by the executer
who also signed the will as a witness

Asked on March 29, 2016 under Estate Planning, Pennsylvania


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

Yes, the executor may be a witness to a will (or an amended/revised will, or a codicil to a will) and can sign as a witness. Of course, he cannot sign the will itself as or for the testator (the person making the will): all he can be in this regard is a witness, but the testator must have him/herself made and approved the changes and signed the will to show that it is his/her will.

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