Must a Will have the name of an attorney on it?

She just recently passed. She has a Will that has been witnessed and notarized but no attorney’s name is present. Is this a legally recognized Will?

Asked on November 14, 2015 under Estate Planning, Georgia


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

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

No, an attorney's name need not be on a Will in order for it to be legal. The fact is that, someone can draft their own Will; there are on-line forms that people use all ofthe time. Additionally, a Will need not be notarized. As long as it has been properly witnessed, it will stand up in court.

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