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What are holographic wills?

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What are holographic wills?

On Behalf of | Nov 4, 2019 | Estate Planning

Colorado residents who are starting to look into matters of estate planning will likely also want to look into the possibility of creating a will. States have their own rules regarding what is or isn’t allowed or considered valid. For example, there are holographic wills.

FindLaw takes a look at Colorado’s laws regarding wills. Specifically, they examine holographic wills. These are wills that are entirely handwritten. Some states have more stringent laws than others, demanding that witnesses be present at the time of the signing, and that they sign it themselves. In other states, the laws that regulate holographic wills are much more lax. For example, in some areas, even a will that has just been written on a scrap of paper could be considered valid. Finally, some states don’t allow holographic wills at all.

In Colorado, holographic wills are allowed. As long as the material provisions and signature are in your handwriting, you don’t even need to have witnesses. However, it is suggested to have witnesses anyway. This will allow the court to have an easier time proving the validity of the will. The easier time they have of this, the less time your loved ones will have to spend dealing with litigation or the courts in order to prove whether or not it is or isn’t valid.

There are plenty of other options for you to look into when deciding how you want your wishes and desires to be passed on. Holographic wills are just one of them, but you can look into others to see what works for you.