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If you are asking whether the witness is dying invalidates the will, then it does not.
It doesn’t matter that you are not a blood relative.
Any blood or dependent relatives who may reasonably have had a claim against your stepmother may bring a claim under the Inheritance Provision for Family and Dependents Act if they were cut out of the will.
It seems highly likely that this is a do it yourself will if no executive is named. I will be brutally honest with you and tell you that I don’t think I have yet seen a do it yourself will which has not been problematical. The do it yourself it’s that you get from the likes of WH Smith are perfectly adequate provided they are completed properly. The problem is that people don’t complete them properly in order to save a few shillings in solicitors costs and then they end up spending more money in resolving the issue later on.
However fortunately, in this case, the lack of an executor does not invalidate the will.
With no executor named, the executor would be the residuary beneficiary in the will and you are the sole executor, that would be you.
Here is some reading on the subject: http://www.privycouncil.org.uk/Formalities/Components/What-happens-if-no-executors-are-appointed.html
Can I clarify anything else for you? I’m happy to answer any specific points arising from this.
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