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New Jersey Wills Laws

A will is a legal document or legally binding statement (recognized in some states) that states how the testator (the person signing the will) would like his or her possessions to be handled after death. Will laws don't differ too much from one state to the next. However, New Jersey law does not allow oral wills, but the state does recognize handwritten wills if the material provisions of the will are written in the testator's handwriting.

The following chart highlights the main provisions of New Jersey's will laws. See FindLaw's Wills section to learn more.

Code Section 3B:3-1, et seq.
Age of Testator 18 years or older and of sound mind
Number of Witnesses Signed by at least two people who witnessed signing or testator's acknowledgment of the signature or of the will.
Nuncupative (Oral Wills) Not recognized
Holographic Wills Valid whether or not witnessed if signature and material provisions are in testator's handwriting.

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

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