THE LIVING TRUST NETWORK - ABOUT TESTIMONIUM CLAUSES

The Testimonium is the final clause in a document that restates the purpose of the document and the maker thereof, including the date on which the document is signed.

Although most Wills contain the traditional Testimonium clause set forth in our Simple Will, there are no particular requirements for a Testimonium. It is sufficient that the Testator sign and date the Will before two independent witnesses.

There is always the concern, however, that some of the pages of the Will may be altered or replaced after the Will has been signed. To prevent that possibility, the Testimonium of many Wills today will state the number of pages contained in the Will and the fact that the Testator has initialled each of the pages. This practice goes a long way toward eliminating any alterations of the Will after the fact.

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