Knoxville, TN asked in Estate Planning and Family Law for Tennessee

Q: Can a notary notarize my will and be one of the 2 witnesses?

We went to the bank during COVID to have our will notarized; there were only 2 people at the bank therefore, the notary notarized it, signed as a witness and the other person was the 2nd witness. Is this valid/legal or do I need to have it redone? We drew up the will ourselves online.

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Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery
  • Estate Planning Lawyer
  • Knoxville, TN
  • Licensed in Tennessee

A: Will execution must be perfect and you will need a competent attorney. The need for Probate must be examined first, then you plan your Estate. Otherwise after you die it will be a mess, and the proposed document will be thrown out.

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