Sign before Witnesses and Notaries
Make no mistake, you Will is just a piece of paper until you sign it with witnesses who know what you are signing. This can be done in the States or at Post. If you are executing your documents at post, you will want to do so at Consular. Your witnesses CANNOT be employed by Consular. In many states, your witnesses CANNOT be beneficiaries of your Will. The Consular Officer can serve the same role as a Notary Public.
In the States, notaries allow you to create "self-proving" affidavits. Though not generally necessary for a valid Will, these attachments create the presumption that your Will was validly witnessed. In other words, it saves your witnesses the time, effort, and expense of having to travel to court to prove your Will is actually your Will.
Finally, make sure to orally state that you are "executing your Last Will and Testament", you are "of sound and disposing mind and memory", that you are "over 18 years of age", and that you are "not acting under duress." Do so in front of your witnesses and the Consular Officer or Notary Public.
Check back for more about meeting all the requirements of your state's law. If you do not execute your documents properly, your estate plan might be thrown out entirely.
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