Is a Will that is not signed legal?

We can only find an unsigned copy of my mother’s Will.

Asked on December 24, 2017 under Estate Planning, Alaska


M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

An unsigned Will has no legal force. In order for a Will to be valid it must be signed by the testator (i.e. the person making it) and witnessed. You can seeif your late mother deposited an executed copy with the probate court for safekeeping. You can also check with her lawyer or other professional (e.g. accountant, financial planner, etc.etc.) to see if they have a signed copy or know where she would have put it.

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