Generally, for a will to be valid, these 3 requirements:
- 1. in writing
- 2. Signed by the testator in the presence of witnesses: at the and of the will, anything after will be ignored; can be just a mark, someone else can sign for the testator at his or her discretion
- 3. signed by at least 2 competent witnesses-
- witnesses do not need to be present with each other.
- --competent = disinterested
- -- In NY, the share of an interested witness is purged in excess of what the witness would have taken in intestacy.
* Note, no witness required if member of armed services writes holographic will (it's in his or hers own handwriting)