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    • loughlin1
    • By loughlin1 15th Apr 18, 3:05 PM
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    Will making
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    • 15th Apr 18, 3:05 PM
    Will making 15th Apr 18 at 3:05 PM
    Hi all
    I live in Northern Ireland and would like to know if my son in law could be an executor of my will AND ALSO sign as a witness
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    • Mojisola
    • By Mojisola 15th Apr 18, 3:08 PM
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    • 15th Apr 18, 3:08 PM
    Hi all
    I live in Northern Ireland and would like to know if my son in law could be an executor of my will AND ALSO sign as a witness
    Originally posted by loughlin1
    Yes.

    He can't be a beneficiary if he witnesses your will and neither can your daughter.
    • Yorkshireman99
    • By Yorkshireman99 15th Apr 18, 3:32 PM
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    Yes.

    He can't be a beneficiary if he witnesses your will and neither can your daughter.
    Originally posted by Mojisola
    However it may be better to have an unrelated witness to avoid any post death accusations of undue influence.
    Last edited by Yorkshireman99; 15-04-2018 at 4:32 PM.
    • Mojisola
    • By Mojisola 15th Apr 18, 3:44 PM
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    However it may b better to have an unrelated witness to avoid any post death accusations of undue influence.
    Originally posted by Yorkshireman99
    Definitely best to do so.
    • Manxman in exile
    • By Manxman in exile 17th Apr 18, 11:48 AM
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    • 17th Apr 18, 11:48 AM
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    • 17th Apr 18, 11:48 AM
    If you are doing your will "properly" (ie drawn up by a solicitor) they will arrange the witnesses.


    If you are doing a DIY job (not recommended except for the simplest of wills) you really need witnesses who can be shown to be independent.
    • t0rt0ise
    • By t0rt0ise 24th Apr 18, 6:57 AM
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    • 24th Apr 18, 6:57 AM
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    • 24th Apr 18, 6:57 AM
    If you are doing your will "properly" (ie drawn up by a solicitor) they will arrange the witnesses.
    Originally posted by Manxman in exile
    Not always. I had mine done by a solicitor, free through my union. They sent it to me and I had to get two people to sign as witnesses.
    • Owain Moneysaver
    • By Owain Moneysaver 24th Apr 18, 8:48 AM
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    • 24th Apr 18, 8:48 AM
    Yes.
    He can't be a beneficiary if he witnesses your will and neither can your daughter.
    Originally posted by Mojisola
    And will he be willing to undertake the work of being an executor when he won't be getting anything in the Will? He can claim out-of-pocket expenses, but no payment or fees as a non-professional executor.
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