Signatures of witnesses are usually required for a valid will.
A valid holographic will does not require witnesses.
To prepare a holographic will, the testator writes his wishes in his own handwriting.
California Probate Code Section 6111 sets out the law for holographic wills.
Do you need to notarize a will in California?
In California, a will only needs the signatures of two disinterested witnesses who witness the testator sign the will and does not need to be notarized in order to be valid. In some states, such as Texas, a holographic will (written entirely in the testator’s own handwriting) is considered valid.3 Apr 2014
What are the requirements for a will to be valid in California?
What Makes a Will Valid in California to Probate?
- A Will Must Be In Writing: A will must be in writing to be considered valid.
- A Will must Be Signed and Dated By the Testator: The testator (person making the will) must be at least 18 years old and of a “sound mind” when signing the will.
18 Jan 2018
How do I write a will on my own?
How to Write My Own Will
- Write the introduction to the will. Start by clearly labeling the document “Last Will and Testament.”
- Select an executor.
- Identify your heirs.
- Name a guardian for any minor or dependent children.
- Assess and divide your property.
- Sign the will.
- Ask witnesses to sign the will.
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