Your notary knows what’s possible – and what’s not.
Peace under the law is incredibly valuable. Especially in family matters.
A testament is a written declaration by the testator which detailing who is to receive all or a part of the assets of the testator in the event of their death. This declaration can be retracted at any time.
A testament can be written by the testator themselves or a third party. In order to comply with strict formal requirements, the testator must write the text of their declaration entirely in their own hand, and sign the document. If the testament is put together by a third party for example on a computer, it is necessary to have the document witnessed. This step requires three witnesses who are not closely related to the testator and who will need to sign the document including an addendum detailing their role as a witness. Oral testaments are only admissible in situations of immediate danger and require the presence of at least two witnesses.
You should not leave your “last will” to the last moment. Approach your notary in good time. Together you can draw up a testament which reflects your wishes. Your notary will not only help with answering all your questions, but also with asking the right ones.
The notary’s tasks
The notary will sit down with you to discuss your ideas and will give you advice on what is feasible and achievable. They will then draw up your testament.
A notary is required to file every testament in his care with the Central Testament Register. This ensures that your last will will be made known in the event of your death.