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Illinois Wills Laws

For the most part, state laws concerning wills are rather uniform, 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). Illinois 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 Illinois wills law is listed in the table below. See FindLaw's Wills section for related articles and resources.

Code Section 755 ILCS 5/4-1, et seq.
Age of Testator 18 years or older and of sound mind and memory
Number of Witnesses Attested in presence of testator by two or more credible witnesses (not necessarily in each other's presence).
Nuncupative (Oral Wills) Not valid
Holographic Wills Not valid

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

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