Question Marc

My ward manager says that I cannot witness a will for one of my patients. Is this true?

A will is a legal document stating what a person wishes to happen after their death. For a will to be valid, it must be signed by the person making it, and their signature has to be witnessed by two individuals who are not benefactors (beneficiaries) of the will.

As long as you are not a benefactor, there is no legal reason why you cannot witness the will of a patient.

There is no legal requirement for a witness to read the will, but they have to be present to witness the person signing their will. Both witnesses then have to sign it. All three people must be present until the final witness has signed, and the process has to occur in a single session.

To be legally valid, a will has to comply with several legal formalities, including the signing. If these formalities are not completed


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