Can a witness to a Will be a named beneficiary in Mississippi?

Generally no. Property left to a witness to a Will is void.  An exception exists if the beneficary is entitled to something from the deceased under the laws of intestate succession (no-will), the beneficiary can still receive what they would have received if no will but not to exceed what was left in the Will.

MS Code § 91-5-9 (2020)


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