One of the key aspects of the will is the document’s validity – if the document is submitted to the court but deemed invalid, the decedent’s property is administered according to Florida’s intestacy laws.
Nonetheless, if the document is considered valid, the court adjudicating the case will proceed to determine the type of probate applied to that specific situation. In this article, you will find out whether handwritten wills are allowed in Florida.
Are Handwritten Wills Allowed in Florida?
A handwritten will might be valid in Florida so long as it complies with Florida’s testamentary statutes. Florida Statutes §732.502 outlines the required manner of execution: 1) the testator must sign the will at the end, or the name of the testator must be subscribed at the end by someone else in the presence and direction of the testator; 2) the will must be executed in the presence of two witnesses who witness the execution of said will in the presence of each other.
Nonetheless, proper execution of a will does not automatically ensure that it will be admitted to probate. The will must also comply with formalities for self-authentication. Otherwise, the witnesses might need to appear before the presiding judge so that the judge can acknowledge the validity of the will and proceed accordingly.
Can I Hire a Notary Public to Draft my Will in Florida? – An Honest Opinion
Generally, a notary public who is not an attorney is NOT licensed to practice law in the state of Florida. These nonlawyer may not give legal advice either. You should not hire them to draft your will.
If you fail to clearly outline your intentions in you last will and testament or to properly execute it, your property might not end up in the hands of the intended recipients.
How to Create a Valid Last Will in Florida? – Immediately Contact Attorney Romy B. Jurado
If you want to avoid uncertainty when preparing a will, make sure to contact an expert lawyer in Florida. Waste no time – call Attorney Romy B. Jurado at (305) 921-0976 or email Romy@juradolawfirm.com to schedule a consultation.