holographic will

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Holographic Will

A handwritten will. A holographic will is often not on file with a lawyer or court and may have been written in haste. Holographic wills are valid, but in most jurisdictions must be witnessed to prove their validity. Some jurisdictions allow handwriting to be used to prove the identity of a testator.
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holographic will

A will written by the testator's hand but bearing no witness signatures.Regular wills must be witnessed,and the testator and all witnesses must sign in the presence of each other; otherwise the will is void.The holographic will is an exception recognized by some states.Contrast with nuncupative will, which is an oral will made shortly before death before witnesses and later reduced to writing by them.

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An exception to the witnessing requirement appears in the twenty-seven states that allow holographic wills in lieu of executed ones.
At any rate, holographic wills are probably doomed to extinction in this century for another reason: most Americans will lose the ability to handwrite documents altogether.
Secondly, we distinguish between different kinds of written and oral declarations: wills may be written either by the testators themselves, in which case they are called holographic wills, or by other persons, or they may be made orally.
Stay away from handwritten or holographic wills since courts often question their reliability.