Selden, NY asked in Estate Planning and Family Law for New York

Q: Are wills -- download forms printed from online legal?

We live in New York State

My husband (55) and I (62) would like to make a will, don't have time for a lawyer (leaving town).

Can we download a will from online (i.e.Rural Law Ctr NY provides template)

- print out

- have 2 unrelated people witness

- notarize

Thank you,

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Anthony M. Avery
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  • Estate Planning Lawyer
  • Knoxville, TN

A: Hire a NY attorney to draft and execute both wills. Mistakes will be permanent and the execution is important.

Howard E. Knispel
Howard E. Knispel
  • Estate Planning Lawyer
  • Commack, NY
  • Licensed in New York

A: A will must be prepared and executed in an exact way. The witnesses have to know what they are witnessing. When I do a will signing it is a formal ceremony and I ask certain questions of the testator and witnesses. If you do it properly then it should be ok. If you make any mistakes the entire will will be invalid.

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