Wills

Wacky Will Wednesday: Wills That Make You Go “Hmmm…” – Billy Standley

February 5, 2014

NB: This post is part of a series highlighting wills that contain some interesting, and sometimes bizarre, bequests and stipulations. You can see all these posts here. Billy Standley, loved his Harley Davidson motorcycle, which he credited for helping him keep his sense of adventure after he settled down to raise four children. He loved […]

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Defining “Handwriting” for Purposes of a Holographic Will

September 18, 2013

In a post explaining the requirements of a valid will in Texas, I wrote that a holographic will must be written completely in the testator’s own handwriting. Apparently there is some confusion about what constitutes “handwriting” for purposes of the statute. A reader commented that he printed all his letters in block style. “Is that […]

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How Many Witnesses Need to Sign A Will In Texas?

September 11, 2013

Texas recognizes two types of written wills and the witness requirements are different for both. Holographic Wills are Wills that are completely in the handwriting of the Testator and signed by him or her. The Texas statutes do not require that any witnesses sign a holographic Will. The requirements are different for attested Wills. To […]

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Can A Parent Disinherit An Adopted Child?

August 7, 2013

I received a phone call recently from a woman whose adoptive father was dying. She was worried, but not about what you’d expect. You see, her father had inherited a piece of family land from her grandmother that her grandmother always said would one day be passed down to her. Unfortunately, her relationship with her […]

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Do Attested Wills Have To Be Witnessed If Notarized?

July 17, 2013

Having an attested Will notarized is not a statutory prerequisite to it’s validity. Rather, to be valid, it must be in writing, signed by the Testator, or another person at his direction and in his presence, and attested in his presence by at least two credible witnesses over the age of 14. If an attested […]

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Wacky Wednesday: Wills That Make You Go “Hmmm…” – Solomon Sanborn

June 17, 2013

NB: This post is part of a series highlighting wills that contain some interesting, and sometimes bizarre, bequests and stipulations. You can see all these posts here. Solomon Sanborn of Medford, Massachusetts was a patriot, and was especially proud of the part Massachusetts took in the Revolutionary struggle. So when the hatmaker died in 1871, […]

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