Holograms, Holographs and Freedom


This post is a tribute to Memorial Day and the sacrifices by those who serve, by discussing legal services offered to vets, soldiers and sailors:

A democracy must have laws. We love to complain about laws, but the first thing a tyrant does when he gets control is tear up the existing rules. A democracy also needs men and women who are willing to stand up to tyrants and defend our rights and liberties. In recognition of our troops and Memorial Day, this post will discuss . . . holographic wills.

Don’t see a connection?

First, a holographic will is not a three dimensional projection, as in Princess Leia telling Obi Wan Kenobi that he is her only hope. Granted, a hologram Last Will and Testament would be pretty amazing.

But no, we are sticking to holograph as a fancy word for a handwritten will without witnesses. The legal requirements vary from state to state, and many states do not recognize the validity of holographic wills at all. California generally does recognize their validity when they are in the handwriting of the decedent, are signed by the decedent, and express an intent to dispose of assets at death. More information on the requirements for holographic wills is available here and here.

Some states, such as New York, only recognize holographic wills that are written by the military.

Hence the link to Memorial Day.

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