Many Las Vegas area residents have gone through the process of creating a will. This is a good way to ensure their wishes are followed when they pass away. But it is important to make sure the will is a valid legal document. So, what makes a will valid in Nevada?
- First, the person creating the will needs to be at least 18 years old and of sound mind. Sound mind means that they have not been deemed incompetent at prior legal proceedings.
- The will must be in writing, signed by the testator and two witnesses. If the testator is not able to sign their will, then he can direct another party to do so. This party may not be one of the witnesses. Each witness must sign the will in the testator’s presence.
- Any competent person can act as a witness to a will. The witness cannot be named in the will.
- A will can be self-proven if the testator and witnesses swear in an affidavit in front of a notary to the authenticity of the will.
If a person has questions regarding estate planning, including wills, they may want to contact an attorney. If a person takes the time to create their will, it is important to make sure it will be valid upon their death and their wishes will be followed. Even common legal matters can become complex and stressful. A legal professional can address their client’s particular legal needs, explain the law, and represent them in court if necessary.