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Use Caution When Looking at Do-It-Yourself Wills

Be careful! With the COVID19 pandemic, we are seeing many entities advertise do-it-yourself wills and other estate planning to be done at home and without an attorney. This is nothing more than advertisers trying to make a quick buck while setting you up to have your estate planning frustrated by poorly and incorrectly worded documents and improperly executed wills and other estate planning documents.

What you need to know to properly execute your Last Will and Testament in Ohio is that a handwritten or typed will must be signed by the testator and by at least two disinterested witnesses. A testator is the person whose will is being signed. If the testator is unable to sign the will but is competent, the testator may expressly direct another person to sign the will in the testator’s conscious presence.

Oral wills are permitted in Ohio when made in the last sickness. They are only valid with respect to personal property and the will must be reduced to writing and signed by two disinterested witnesses within 10 days of the testator speaking the testamentary words.

A holographic will is a will that is entirely written and signed by the testator. A self-proving or self-authenticating will is a will with a notarized statement that states the will is true and authentic. These types of wills are not valid in Ohio because they are not signed by at least two disinterested witnesses.

Contact us at (614) 319-3306 to ensure you have a properly executed estate plan.

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