Notarizing a Will

How do I go about notarizing a Will? This is a common question as some states requires you to do this, after you have written your Will.

A public notary is a person appointed by the state to verify a people’s identity, administer oaths and witness the signing of legal documents. They also determine whether the person who is signing documents, know what they sign and whether they do so willingly.

Public notaries are required to keep a record of the documents they certify. Any documents they verify, will have an embossed stamp or seal to accompany the signatures on the documents. These stamps or seals have assigned numbers that help track which notary witnessed the information.

Notarizing a document does not make it legal. What it does is to verify the identity of the person signing the document. A notary is not responsible for the truthfulness of the document itself.

To have your Will notarized, bring it along together with documents to verify your identity i.e. driver’s license, passport, or other government issued documents and some money to pay the public notary.

Not all states or countries require you to notarize your Will. The online Will writing service or kits will tell you if notarizing is required.