How many people do I need have to witness my signature on my Will?

Can one be the executor?

Asked on September 8, 2016 under Estate Planning, Hawaii

Answers:

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

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

In HI, a Will must be in writing, signed by the testator (i.e. the person who is making it) and by 2 witnesses. Each witness must sign in the testator’s presence. Any person who is competent may be a witness to a Will. However, it is recommended that the witnesses be “disinterested” parties, which means that they are not beneficiaries of the Will. That having been said, the signing of a Will by an interested witness does not automatically invalidate it.


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