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What are the Florida Will Witness Requirements?

The rules for being a witness to a will in Florida are not very complex, and the requirements have been eased due to the the COVID-19 pandemic.

Posted on January 14, 2022 by Chris Cambridge
Will Witness Requirements in Florida

In Florida, the rules for creating a valid will are pretty similar to those of other states. The person writing the will must have written it themselves, they must be over 18 years of age, they must have signed the will, and two witnesses who have seen the testator sign the will must also sign the document.

The rules for being a witness to a will in Florida are not very complex. The witnesses must be of sound mind and over 18 years of age. The witnesses must also be present to see the testator sign the will, and must sign in the presence of the testator and of the other witness.

However, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Florida has eased up on the in-presence requirements. As of July 2020, electronic wills have become legal in the state, which means they can also be witnessed remotely. Nonetheless, it’s worth checking up on current state guidelines before going with this method.

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