Does a Will need to be notarized?

Asked on August 13, 2013 under Estate Planning, Nevada

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 7 years ago | Contributor

It appear that you hail from the state of Nevada, correct?  The state of Nevada does not require that a Will be notarized to be valid.  So neither the signature of the Testator (the person making the Will) or the witnesses need to be notarized.  If, however, you are having a self proving Will prepared then the signatures of the witnesses would have to be notarized on the affidavit.  A self proving Will means that the Will would be ready for probate upon the death of the Testator and you would not have to hunt down the witnesses to have them sign the affidavits later for submission to the Probate Court.  Good luck.


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