Areas of Law / Wills and Probate

I bought a DIY will at a stationers, filled it in and signed it and had it witnessed by two reliable persons. Will this be valid? Does it have to be opened by someone special after you die? I keep it at home but my family knows about it.

If you’ve any doubts at all, or if your affairs are complicated in any way, you should ask a solicitor to double check it. It’’s easy to make a mistake that can leave problems for your relatives. The “someone special” who will open your will is likely to be an executor you have appointed to carry out your wishes. Considering how important wills are and how inexpensive it is to have one drawn up by a solicitor I think it’s a false economy to do anything else.

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