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Do Wills Need to Be Notarized? What Is the Process to Notarize a Will for In-Person and Virtual Witnessing?

A will is a legal document that sets out your wishes on how your estate should be taken care of and distributed after your passing. It takes into effect when you have passed.

You are not legally required to prepare a will. However, should anything should happen to you and you don’t have one, the laws in your province or territory will determine how your estate is divided. It’s a good idea to get professional legal help in preparing your will to ensure that current and future circumstances are considered and your documents are prepared and witnessed properly.

Wills do not need to be notarized. However, it is generally recommended that the witnesses swear an affidavit of execution to prove validity of the will (see also: Who Can and Cannot Witness a Will or Power of Attorney in Ontario?). While it may be possible to probate a will without an affidavit, it will likely make the process more difficult or lengthy. 

Notary Pro offers free affidavit of execution template. Simply complete the online form and a completed form will be sent to you in Microsoft Word, via e-mail.

What Is the Process to Notarize a Will for In-Person Witnessing?

Notary Pro offers in-person appointment to notarize a will. Once you have prepared affidavit, you can book an in-person appointment online. Simply select the location, date and time. You will be required to:

  • present valid identification (a valid piece of government issued photo ID with another piece) to your notary;
  • your notary will then ensure you understand can can attest to what you’re about to sign;
  • the notary public then witnesses your signature; and
  • once you have signed the document, the notary will affix his or her stamp (or “seal”) to the document; and
  • witnesses will physically sign their counterpart paper copy.

What Is the Process to Notarize a Will for Virtual Witnessing?

As of April 2020, the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General is now permitting lawyers and notaries to virtually witness the physical signing of wills. Once completed, you can book an appointment online to sign the will using our virtual witnessing service. Simply select the date and time. You will be recorded and required to:

  • present valid identification (a valid piece of government issued photo ID with another piece) to your notary;
  • your notary will then ensure you understand can can attest to what you’re about to sign;
  • the notary public then witnesses your signature; and
  • witnesses will physically sign their counterpart paper copy and mail back to you.

Additional Resources

For further information on estate law in your province or territory, please check the following government resources:

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