Tucson, AZ asked in Estate Planning for Arizona

Q: Can a notary make you cross out a line in your will?

I went to a bank to get my simple will notarized and he would not notarize it unless I has a Doctors note saying I am of sound mind and body. I have never heard of such a thing. The will clearly states that I am stating I am over 18 yrs old, of sound body and mind, and under no constraint and undue influence. The key word is I am stating those preambles and no one else!

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Anthony M. Avery
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  • Knoxville, TN

A: A notary cannot make you do anything. However you cannot make the notary seal a document either. You may wish to find another notary, and probably some witnesses. Better yet, hire an AZ attorney to draft and execute your Will. Apparently there is something clearly odd or wrong about the instrument you drafted.

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