Areas of Expertise
Wills and Estate Planning
Expert in Wills and Estate Planning
Planning your estate involves difficult decisions about private matters related to the disbursement of property and assets.
You will want to consult someone who makes you feel comfortable sharing intimate details of your life and concerns, so your estate plan doesn't fall short of your expectations and needs. The Law Office of Arij H. Syed provides a full range of estate planning services and tools for estates of all sizes.
We also specialize in Islamic Wills
Wills and Estate Planning in New Jersey
What Makes A Will Legal In New Jersey?
A will is legal in New Jersey if drafted by a competent adult and witnessed by two other people. It is self-proving if it also has been notarized. Having a legal last will and testament ensures your loved ones follow your wishes when it comes time to distribute your assets and handle your final affairs.
Who can File a Will in New Jersey?
In New Jersey you must be over the age of 18 before you can write and execute a will. It is also important to note that the person executing the will must be legally competent to make this type of decision.
Witness Requirements for New Jersey Wills
New Jersey has different rules for handwritten wills and typed wills. Handwritten wills do not require the signature of any witnesses, as long as someone can verify it is the testator’s (i.e., the person whose will it is) own handwriting.
When a person types their will or prepares it with the help of an estate planning attorney, it must include their signature as well as the signature of two other people who witnessed them signing the will or otherwise acknowledging they approve of the will.
This may also apply if the person uses a template found online. Most estate planning law firms have a notary on hand to notarize the legal document and confirm all signatures are legitimate.