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Clare, Solicitor
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I have agreed to be an executor of a family members will.

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I have agreed to be an executor of a family member’s will. I have received a copy of the will and I note that although it has been properly signed and witnessed, it is not dated anywhere and the witnesses have not printed their names, addresses or occupations on the signature page. The family member has used a pro forma document (I don't know from where) and filled it in by hand. The pro forma does have a space on the front page where the date is supposed to be entered (but hasn't been) but it only has spaces at the end for the witnesses signatures, not anywhere to fill in any other details. Also, the pro forma contains text and spaces to fill in names to appoint Executors but doesn't mention Trustees at all.

1) Is the will valid without a date

2) is the will valid without the witnesses details?

3) Can executors hold to deceased person's assets in trust prior to disbursement if they are not also appointed as trustees?
Thank you for your question.
My name is Clare
I will do my best to help you but I need some further information first.
To check - when did this person die?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

The person is still alive. They have just made their will with myself and another family member as executors. I received a copy of the will yesterday and I have been checking it today to be sure it is Ok. If it isn't, I can go back to the person for them to make changes but they are elderly and I don't want to hassle them if what they have done is sufficient, if not as complete as I would have anticipated.

That is good
In answer to your questions.
1. The original Will MUST be dated to ensure that it can be identified as the last Will
2. Provided it is witnesses then yes it is valid - but having the details is useful in the event of a dispute
3. Yes they can - it is simply a belt and braces approach to describe them as both within the average Will.
I hope that this is of assistance - please ask if you need further details
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Customer: replied 4 years ago.

Thanks very much for your answers, most helpful.

You are most welcome
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

Just a quick follow-up question. Is it sufficient for the date to appear only on the front page of the will or must it also be on the signatures page?

The Front page alone is fine