How To Properly Sign Your Wyoming Last Will and Testament:
First, you need a Blue Wet Ink Pen for all persons signing the last will and testament. NO BLACK INK! It is important for people to be able to tell that your signature on your last will and testament is an original. With today’s high-performance copiers it is more difficult than ever to tell a copy from an original. Using blue ink is one way to make telling an original from a copy of your Wyoming will much easier.
Second, you need Two (2) witnesses in the state of Wyoming who are over the age of 18 years, are not beneficiaries of your Wyoming estate, and are not your power of attorney or personal representative (executor), to witness various Wyoming estate documents. It is important to make sure that your witnesses actually watch you sign your name to your Wyoming last will and testament.
Third, you need a Wyoming notary public to notarize the last will and testament and other estate documents. Remember to bring your Wyoming state-issued photo ID for the Wyoming notary public to verify your identity, and if necessary, the identity of your witnesses.
STEP ONE: REVIEW YOUR Wyoming Last Will and Testament.
Read and review your Wyoming Last Will and Testament carefully. Review each page carefully. Make sure that your fiduciaries names are spelled correctly. Likewise, make sure that beneficiaries names are spelled correctly and that any gifts you have made are clearly written and understandable.
Do not sign your Last Will and Testament until you have read it, understand it and made sure that it expresses your intentions for your estate.
If you need to make changes, please be sure to print out new a new version of your Wyoming last will and testament before proceeding to step two. In certain circumstances, handwritten text and markings can have a material effect on the enforcement of your documents under Wyoming law.
STEP TWO: Signing Your Wyoming Last and Testament.
Please be sure to have two (2) witnesses and a Wyoming notary public present when you sign your last will and testament. The witnesses and the Wyoming notary must be present at the same time when you sign your last will and testament; in addition, they must see you sign it, and they must see each other sign.
A valid witness under Wyoming should be an adult, over the age of 18, who is not a beneficiary or fiduciary of your Wyoming estate. It is important to make sure that your witnesses do not have an economic interest in your estate so there is no appearance of bias in the event they are called to testify regarding the signing of your last will and testament.
A Wyoming notary public can be found at a local bank, UPS store or post office. Please remember to bring a copy of a Wyoming government-issued photo ID for the notary to confirm your identity for signing your last will and testament. Remember to make sure that you have your two witnesses, and the Wyoming notary public present together at the same time with everyone watching when you sign your document.
When you are ready, initial and date each of the pages of your Wyoming Last Will and Testament on the bottom right corner on the blanks provided.
Ask your witnesses to sign the witness sections of your last will and testament after you’ve signed your name.
Ask the Wyoming notary to notarize your last will and testament using the supplied notary blanks at the end of your last will and testament.
STEP THREE: STORE YOUR ESTATE DOCUMENTS.
Keep your Wyoming last will and testament in a safe place that can be accessed by your personal representative (executor) or power of attorney in an emergency. A good suggestion is to keep last will and testament where you keep your other important papers.
Tell your personal representative (executor) and power of attorney where you have stored your last will and testament so they know where to find it in an emergency, and give them a copy.
Destroy all prior Wills and Codicils to avoid any confusion as to which document is actually your Last Will and Testament.
STEP FOUR: Update Your Last Will and Testament as needed.
We recommend that you review your last will and testament regularly to ensure that it reflects your most up-to-date wishes and intentions.
Remember to update your last will and testament any time there is a change in assets, beneficiaries, or fiduciaries in your Wyoming estate plan.