A Holographic Will is a Will that is written in the testator’s handwriting and signed by the testator without the presence of witnesses.The testator is the person who is using the document to distribute his or her property. Holographic Wills are valid in about half of the states, including North Carolina. In order to establish the legitimacy of the Holographic Will, courts will admit testimony from people who knew the testator and are familiar with his/her writing, or from handwriting experts to determine whether the Holographic will is truly in the testator’s handwriting.
When a person has a self-proving Will (signed by witnesses and notarized), the legitimacy of the Will is typically not questioned. If you would like Shope Krohn to prepare a self-proving Will for you or a loved one, contact us today.