How to Sign Your Will
If you are a BC resident, you must sign your Will according to the strict requirements of the British Columbia Wills Act. The Wills Act requires that:
- two witnesses must watch you sign on the last page of the Will (use your normal signature)
- the witnesses must then watch each other sign on the last page of the Will (in other words, you and your two witnesses must be present in the same room at the same time, and watch one another sign the Will)
- neither witness can be a beneficiary or the spouse of a beneficiary named in the Will (or the gift to that beneficiary will be void)
In addition to the requirements of the Wills Act, it is a good idea to:
- insert the date on the last page of your Will (to prevent an earlier will from being considered as your last will)
- ensure that each page of the will is numbered (to prevent the removal of pages)
- write your initials in the right-hand margin at the bottom of all the pages of the Will, except the last page which you have already signed (to prevent the addition of pages)
- have each witness print his or her name, address, and occupation below their signature
- have each witness initial each page where you previously placed your initials
- if any amendments are to be made to the Will (such as the correction of a spelling error), the amendment must be made before you sign the Will. Then, when you are signing your Will, you and both witnesses (in the presence of each other) must initial next to the change or in the column to the right of the line in which the amendment appears
- sign only one original Will (make copies, but do not sign copies)
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