Luke Lantta, of Bryan Cave, writes that under Tennessee law, witnesses to a will signing, must sign the will itself in order for will to be properly executed. His blog post begins as follows:
Just how strictly does Tennessee construe the formalities relating to the execution of a will? Very. In In re Estate of Bill Morris, the Court of Appeals of Tennessee considered what it meant for the witnesses to sign the will. In this case, the decedent’s son filed a will contest claiming that the decedent’s will was not properly executed because the will was not signed by witnesses as required by Tennessee Code Annotated Section 32-1
Posted by Lewis J. Saret, Co-General Editor, Wealth Strategies Journal.