A notarial will is drawn up by a notary and is made in the presence of a witness provided by the notary. A second witness is required in some cases (for example, when the testator is blind).
The will must be drawn up in French or in English, as you wish, and must indicate the date and place where it was made.
Once the will has been prepared, it is read to you by the notary, so that you are sure it reflects your wishes. If you wish, it may be read in the presence of the witness.
Once the will has been read, it must be signed by you, the notary and the witness, in each other’s presence.
Advantages of a notarial will
When you choose to make a notarial will, you receive advice from a legal professional, who can help you avoid errors that could create difficulties for your heirs.
It is also very difficult to challenge a notarial will, since the notary:
- checks your identity and consent;
- makes sure the will is valid and meets the conditions imposed by law.
There is therefore less chance that someone will oppose your wishes.
The notary will keep the original of the will, so there is no risk that you will lose it, and your legatees will be sure of finding it when you die.
Lastly, when you die, your heirs do not need to have your will probated.