Signing when you can’t see


I was asked a very interesting question by a client today: how do you sign a will if you are blind?

There is a provision in the Succession Law Reform Act that requires the will to be in writing and signed. However, it can also be read to the client and signed at his or her direction. Some people with visual impairment can see enough to sign their name, but if not, they can direct someone else to sign in their place and that is a valid signature for the purpose of succession law in Ontario.