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I am an Orphan and brought up by my distant relative. Out of natural lone and affection, my distant relative wants to give some immovable properties to me by will which he wants to keep secret.  Please clarify whether will requires to be witnessed or I and my relative could sign as witnesses.

- by Ramakrishna, Mysore

Two independent witnesses are necessary for execution of a valid will. The deed writer, the testator i.e., the person who bequeaths, and the beneficiary under the will cannot be witnesses to the will.  So advise your distant relative to get the will attested by two independent witnesses.

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These are all the legal questions answered by Advocate S.Selvakumar in various magazines, in various occasion including realestate reporter monthly.

QUESTIONS

Q:- We are three brothers. The youngest one ran away at the young age of 15 and there was no news about him for the last 14 years. We filed a police complaint and made all enquiries through available channels. During this period our parents passed away and we got the properties divided between the two of us. Now the brother has come back and he is claiming his share. Is there any way to solve this unexpected problem?

Q:- My father owns a property in Bangalore. If consists of ground floor only, we are two brothers and one sister. Property in question stands in the name of my father, which is self acquired. I have been granted a home loan to construct the first floor, my sister and brother wants to construct the second floor. But my father has refused to give no objection letter or even cede our proportionate share in the property. Please advice how to overcome this problem.

Q:- Can I make a joint will with my wife?

Q:- I had signed as witness to a Will of my friend, who expired recently. His legal heirs have approached the court and I have been summoned as a witness. Really I do not know the contents of the Will, but has seen my friend affixing his signature. Please advise what is my role?

Q:- I had signed as witness to a will of my friend, who expired recently. His legal heirs have approached the court and I have been summoned as a witness. Really I do not know the contents of the will, but has seen my friend affixing his signature. Please advise what is my role?