Does My Will Need to be Witnessed?

Wills differ from most legal documents in that the person making the will, known in legal terms as the “testator,” is not around when the document is executed. This is why all states, including Wisconsin, require at least two people to witness the testator signing a will. If any dispute arises later over the validity of the will, the witnesses can testify in court as to the fact that the testator signed the document in question. Actually, under Wisconsin law the witnesses do not necessarily have to see the testator sign his or her will. The law considers a witnessing valid if any of the following circumstances apply: The testator signs the will in the presence of the witness. Continue reading

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