Connecticut Wills - How many witnesses do I need?

A Will must be executed properly in the State of Connecticut in order to help ensure that it is valid. There are certain formalities that must be taken into account in order to properly execute a Will. One of these is ensuring that the Will is properly witnessed.

In Connecticut -

  • two witnesses are required
  • both witnesses must sign in the presence of the person whose will it is (the "testator")
  • the witnesses should be disinterested (i.e. they shouldn't benefit from the Will).

The reason why the witnesses should be "disinterested" is that if a beneficiary is a witness to a Will, the distribution they are supposed to receive in the Will may be end up being considered void. Thus, a person could unintentionally write one or more of their children out of their Will by having them be one of the required witnesses.

There are other considerations that need to be taken into account when creating and executing a Will in Connecticut. If you would like to ensure that you are properly creating your Will in CT, then feel free to contact me to set up a consultation. You can get our contact information here.

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