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If a solicitor signs a Will on the testator's behalf at their direction, can they also act as one of the two witnesses?

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Produced in partnership with Christopher Snell of New Square Chambers
Published on LexisPSL on 16/01/2018

The following Wills & Probate Q&A produced in partnership with Christopher Snell of New Square Chambers provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • If a solicitor signs a Will on the testator's behalf at their direction, can they also act as one of the two witnesses?

If a solicitor signs a Will on the testator's behalf at their direction, can they also act as one of the two witnesses?

In order to be valid, a Will must conform with the requirements of section 9 of the Wills Act 1837 which provides:

‘[No will shall be valid unless—

(a) it is in writing, and signed by the testator, or by some other person in his presence and by his direction; and

(b) it appears that the

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