Wills Trusts & Estates keyed to Dukeminier
In re Will of Ranney
During the execution of Russell G. Ranney’s will, the two persons serving as witnesses did not sign the will. Instead, they signed an affidavit swearing they had previously witnessed Ranney sign his will. The lawyer executing the ceremony was not aware that the will itself needed an attestation clause. He believed that the affidavit alone without the witnesses’ signature on the will was sufficient. The Appellate court ruled that the affidavit literally satisfied the statutory requirements.
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