No, a Will does not need to be signed on every page by the Testator, or by the witnesses. Sometimes testators initial each page but it is not a legal requirement.
However, some testators choose to do this to help prevent disputes over whether any pages have been added, removed, or altered after the Will was executed. Initialing each page may also serve as additional evidence that the testator reviewed and approved all the contents of the document – but remember it is not a legal necessity.
Of course, it is essential for the validity of the document that both the Testator and the witnesses sign at the end of the Will.
- The act of signing should take place in the presence of two or more witnesses.
- Each witness should then sign the Will, confirming their witnessing of the Testator’s signature, in the presence of the other witness and the Testator.
The key practical aspect is that the Testator and the two witnesses should all be present together during the signing to observe one another sign the document, to ensure the validity of the Will. This is important to help prevent fraud and to confirm that the Testator is willingly signing the document.