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Last will and testament for Scotland checklist

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Here are a few important steps to take to finish your document

Read the document to make sure it meets your needs and covers what you want.

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For further information read Making your will.


  1. Someone needs to be present when you are signing your will. This person is your witness. This witness should not be named in your Will, so don't ask your executor or beneficiary to sign the will. Your witness must be at least 16 years old and can be anyone of your choosing.

  2. The witness should also not have any mental impairment.

  3. Your witness does not need to read your will but he/she must watch you sign the pages of your will. Once you have finished signing your will, your witness must sign their name and complete the signing information on the last page ideally in block capitals.

Signing in print

  1. Print out a copy of your will.

  2. Before signing your will, you should read it through carefully again. 

  3. You must sign your will on each page. You’ll see your name below a dotted line at the foot of each page. You must sign on this dotted line on each page of your Will, with your usual signature. You do not need to include any middle names that you may have, unless these are normally included in your signature.

  4. In the presence of your witness and in the spaces provided, you should date the document (for example 'the 6th day of June 2012') and insert the location of where you are signing the document.

  1. No alterations should be made after your will is signed.

  1. Make a copy and store the original safely away.

  2. Tell someone where you have stored your will, such as the executor(s)

  3. Review your will regularly, especially if there are any changes to your circumstances.

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