In another important, yet smaller financial matter, we recently settled a will contest where the decedent's will was signed and witnessed …. on his front doorstep. It was argued that the proper legal formalities were not followed in the execution of the will in this case and we quickly obtained a settlement for our client.
All Wills must be executed properly
It is important to know that there are certain formal requirements that must be followed when executing a will. If these formalities are not precisely adhered to, your will could be declared null and void despite your full intention to have it be your last words. You can employ a presumption under the law that you followed these requirements when you execute your will in the presence of a licensed attorney. So before you sign a will at a hospital or on your front porch like in the case above, please consult with your attorney.