To be sure your will is valid, you should follow these rules:
- You must state to your witnesses: "This is my will. I have read it and I understand it and this is how I want it to read. I want you two (or three) people to be my witnesses." Contrary to popular belief, you do not have to read it to the witnesses or let them read it.
- You must date your will and sign your name at the end in ink exactly as it is printed in the will, and you should initial each page as the witnesses watch. In Louisiana, you must sign each page of the will with your full signature and have your will notarized.
- You and the other witnesses must watch as each witness signs in ink and initials each page.