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Estate Planning FAQ: Is a handwritten will valid in Michigan?

On Behalf of | Oct 9, 2023 | Firm News

Yes, if certain requirements are met. In order to be valid, a handwritten, or holographic, will, must meet the following criteria:

  • the material (i.e. important) provisions must be in the testator’s handwriting. The testator is the person making the will;
  • the holographic will must be signed in the testator’s handwriting; and
  • the holographic will must be dated.

Although handwritten, or holographic, wills are much less common than they used to be, they are still valid, and they still have the same legal authority as a typed will.