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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: will)

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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.
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.