If You’re Age 17, Sign a Will and Live in Georgia, Will it Be Recognized in New Jersey

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last will and testamentA person age 17 and older can sign a Last Will in Georgia, but in New Jersey, you have to be at least 18.  If someone under 18 signs a will and dies, can their will be probated in New Jersey?  The answer is yes.

New Jersey has a statute, N.J.S.A. 3B:3-9, which defines the valid execution of a will.  A written will is validly executed if executed in compliance with N.J.S. 3B:3-2 or N.J.S. 3B:3-3 or its execution was in compliance with the law of the place where at the time of execution or at the time of death the testator was domiciled, had a place of residence or was a national.

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To discuss your NJ Last Will & Testament, please contact Fredrick P. Niemann, Esq. toll-free at (855) 376-5291 or email him at fniemann@hnlawfirm.com.  Please ask us about our video conferencing consultations if you are unable to come to our office.

By Fredrick P. Niemann, Esq. of Hanlon Niemann & Wright, a Freehold Township, Monmouth County, NJ Wills Attorney

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