What Is a Holographic Will?

The holographic will is a type of estate planning tool used in many jurisdictions. Here are the basics of the holographic will.

Holographic Will

For most wills, you are going to work with an estate planning attorney, and she is going to create the document for you. In most cases, it is printed up on a computer. With a holographic will, the person creating a will actually writes it out by hand. This is the type of will that was used before typewriters and computers were invented. In most cases, a will has to be written in front of multiple witnesses in order to be valid. However, in certain states, an individual can write out his own will without any witnesses around, and it will still be upheld.

Proving the Will

In order for a holographic will to be upheld by the probate court, the interested party or parties (often one or more family members) needs to prove that the deceased individual actually wrote it. This can be done in a number of ways. The easiest way to prove this is if a witness was present when the will was created. If a witness was not present, a handwriting expert can be used to determine if the deceased wrote it.

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