A formal Will is typewritten and formally executed, usually by a lawyer.

There are specific rules of execution for formal Wills and codicils that may vary amongst jurisdictions. Most commonly, the deceased must sign at the end of the Will and initial each page of the document in the presence of two competent witnesses. Once the deceased has signed and initialed each page, the two witnesses must also sign at the end of the document and initial each page.

 

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