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Arizona Wills Laws


A will is a legally binding document or oral statement (allowed in limited circumstances) that lays out an individual's after-death plans for his or her property and affairs. For example, a person's will might state that his prized car collection should be split equally among his three siblings and that he would like his ashes deposited in the Pacific Ocean. Arizona will laws are similar to will laws in other states, but (unlike manystates) also allows holographic, or handwritten, wills.

The main provisions of Arizona's will laws are listed in the table below. See FindLaw's Wills section for additional articles and resources.


Code Section 14-2501, et seq.
Age of Testator 18 years or older and of sound mind
Number of Witnesses Signed by at least two persons, each of whom signed within a reasonable time after that person witnessed testator's acknowledgment of signature or of will.
Nuncupative (Oral Wills) Not recognized
Holographic Wills Valid if signature and material provisions are in handwriting of testator; does not need to be witnessed (portions not in testator's handwriting may not be established as testator's will by extrinsic evidence of intent).

Note: State laws are constantly changing -- contact an Arizona wills attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.

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