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Florida Wills Laws

State laws concerning wills are rather uniform across the country, partially to prevent tampering by heirs with ulterior motives. For instance, all states require the person writing the will to be the age of majority (legally an adult, usually 18). Florida wills laws require two or more credible witnesses in order to validate a will. Additionally, the state does not recognize oral or handwritten wills.

A brief summary of Florida wills law is listed in the table below. See FindLaw's Wills section for related articles and resources.

Code Section §§732.501, et seq.
Age of Testator 18 years and of sound mind, or emancipated minor
Number of Witnesses Signed in presence of two attesting witnesses; witnesses must sign in presence of each other and testator.
Nuncupative (Oral Wills) Not recognized
Holographic Wills Not recognized; properly executed will in testator's handwriting is not considered holographic will.

Note: State laws are constantly changing -- contact a Florida estate planning attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.

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