Is a handwritten will valid?

A hand-written will is valid if and only if two witnesses are present when you sign it, and they signed it in your presence. If you have a will that is signed by the decedent only, it’s called a holograph will, and they’re not enforceable in Florida. You have to have the two witnesses sign in the presence of the decedent signing. One of the big mistakes is the decedent will do a hand-written will, or type-written on his computer, print it out, sign it, and then go see a neighbor, the two neighbors, and say, “Here, sign here. This is my will.” It’s not valid because they have to see the decedent sign the will and be in his presence.

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