Notarisation and an apostille certificate for a Last Will and Testament are required for several reasons.
To be considered legal and valid in the UK, a Will must be signed by a minimum of two witnesses. The testator (the person setting up the Will) must sign it in the presence of the witnesses who also sign the document.
This witnessing requirement serves as a safeguard against fraudulent activity, ensuring that the Will reflects the testator’s final wishes accurately. These legal requirements are in place to ensure that the Will is legally valid and can be honoured after the testator’s death. You do not need a notary or solicitor to witness a Will for it to be valid, however many individuals will choose to use a professional.
An apostille certificate is only necessary depending on the country in which the Will is being executed or probated. The document may be required by overseas authorities to see that it is government-legalised.