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NO idea where to post this question so here we go.<br><br>
DH and I just completed our wills this weekend. When we sign it, the spaces look like this<br><br>
I, so and so, the testator, sign my name to this document, this_____ day of ______, _______, at _______<br><br>
Do I write the address after AT? Also, do I spell the numbers out or can I write 14th day of October, 2008?
 

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Thanks. I never thought about the time of day but that would make sense. I don't want to write the wrong thing and make it void KWIM?<br><br>
Does anyone else have any experience in signing wills?<br><br>
I tried to google it and haven't come up with much.
 

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Nope, the "at" regards location, not time of day (that isn't important in a will).<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">I, so and so, the testator, sign my name to this document, this_____ day of ______, _______, at _______</td>
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Here's what you need:<br><br>
I, so and so, the testator, sign my name to this document, this <span style="text-decoration:underline;">15th</span> day of <span style="text-decoration:underline;">October</span>, <span style="text-decoration:underline;">2008</span> , at <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Your Town, County of (the name of your county), State of (the name of your state), Country</span><br><br>
You can use numbers (rather than written out) for the date and year.<br><br>
Your name, date and year should be handwritten. The other information (town, county, etc) can be typed.<br><br>
And, remember, as a woman, you are the testatrix. Small point, but a legal one.<br><br>
You'll need to have it witnessed (I recommend two people that know you, they don't have to know the contents of the will) AND notarized when you actually sign the document. You can't sign it at home and then get it notarized. Also, the witnesses and notary can<span style="text-decoration:underline;">not</span> be beneficiaries in the will. A notary costs around $10 (the witnesses are free!).<br><br>
Question: are you doing this yourself. like from a kit? I would strongly recommend that you double-check the completed will with a lawyer, especially if you have children. The cost would be minimal and you could be assured that everything is legal and will stand-up in court.<br><br>
I helped my parents draw-up a codicil to their wills last year. Because I then had our lawyer look at it, I found they had made one error regarding a date on the document that could have been contested after their deaths by my siblings. They thought it should have been the date of the codicil but, it was supposed to be the date of the will. Our lawyer drew up an affidavit, explaining the simple error, which each parent signed and we had notarized and all is now well.<br><br>
Have your will looked over by someone specializing in estate law. It's important!!
 

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Just one little additional tip to the great info provided by grahamsmom98: You can probably get it notarized for free too. If you or your dh work for a big company you can ask around for anyone who is a notary public. You could also ask around at your church if you are a member of one. If you do get your will reviewed by a lawyer, they will probably have a notary on staff or access to a public notary and the notarization will be included in the fee you pay the lawyer. You can almost always find someone. I've never had to pay for it when I've needed documents notarized.
 

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Thank you all for the great advice. I do plan on getting a lawyer to look it over whenever we have money unless the fee is very minimal (I haven't checked). For now, I just have to trust what is in the kit. I used the WillMaker software made my Microsoft. We do not have any assets or really anything complicated so I’m not sure if hiring a lawyer is worth the cost right now. Maybe if we actually owned anything <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> My main reason for the will is to state who would take DS if we died.<br><br>
It said getting it notarized is a choice in my State but it’s probably a good idea and my friend is a notary.
 

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OK I just called 3 firms that deal with Estate Law and they charge $200-$250 an hour.<br><br>
So that is pretty much out of the question for us right now. I will trust that the kit is correct and save up for the lawyer fee whenever we can.
 
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