Valid Holographic Wills Add Spice To Estate Planning

The general rule in all fifty states is that, in order for a Last Will and Testament to be legally valid, the will must be signed by at least two witnesses. Although I recommend that all readers consult an attorney that can make sure that wills and other legal instruments follow the proper procedures, the fascinating storylines and questions tend to occur when people take matters into their own hands and exercise their freedom to ignore convention protocols.

One example is holographic wills, which refer to a will that you handwrite you a sign. It is one of only three exceptions to the standard requirement that you must obtain two witness signatures on the document (the purpose of witnesses is to verify that the testator actually signed the will, and this requirement can be sidestepped when the testator handwrites the will himself because a handwriting expert could determine authenticity in Read the rest of this article!