holographic will
holographic will see will

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

holographic will
A will that is completely handwritten, dated and signed by the person making it. Holographic wills are generally not witnessed and may be in the form of a letter. Although it's legal in many states, making a holographic will is never advised except as a last resort.
Category: Wills, Trusts & Estates → Estates, Executors & Probate Court

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

holographic will
n.
   a will entirely handwritten, dated and signed by the testator (the person making the will), but not signed by required witnesses. Under those conditions it is valid in about half the states despite the lack of witnesses. A letter which has all the elements of a will can be a holographic will, as can a will scratched in the dust of an automobile hood of a person dying while lost in the desert.
   See also: will

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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