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  • Writer's pictureSarah Morris Ocampo

Holographic Wills: Validity and Importance

Updated: 2 days ago

When it comes to estate planning, probate, and business matters, having the right legal guidance is crucial. Hi, I'm Sarah Campo, a local Las Vegas attorney specializing in estate planning, probate, and business law. In today's blog post, I want to address a common question I recently received from a potential client regarding the validity of a handwritten will in Nevada.

The Validity of Holographic Wills in Nevada

The will in question was a handwritten document composed by the deceased person in Nevada. Such wills are commonly referred to as "holographic wills." The good news for our client was that holographic wills are indeed valid in Nevada. However, it's important to understand the specific requirements to ensure the validity of such a will.

Requirements for a Valid Holographic Will

To be considered valid, a holographic will in Nevada must meet specific criteria. First and foremost, the entire will must be written in the decedent's own handwriting. This requirement ensures that the will reflects the true intentions and wishes of the deceased person.

Furthermore, the holographic will must also be signed and dated by the deceased in their own handwriting. The signature and date serve as essential components, providing evidence of the will's authenticity.

The Importance of Validating a Holographic Will

The validity of a holographic will holds great significance, as it determines how the deceased's assets and property will be distributed according to their wishes. In the absence of a valid will, the court will distribute the assets based on the state's laws of intestacy, which may not align with the decedent's preferences.

By having a valid holographic will, individuals can maintain control over the distribution of their assets, ensuring that their loved ones are taken care of in accordance with their wishes.

Seeking Professional Assistance

Understanding the intricacies of estate planning, probate, and business law can be overwhelming for most people. That's why it's essential to consult with an experienced attorney who specializes in these areas. If you have any concerns or questions regarding wills, estate planning, or probate, I encourage you to reach out to my office.

At my firm, we offer complimentary 15-minute phone consultations, providing an opportunity for you to discuss your situation and explore the available legal options. You can conveniently book a consultation through our website or by contacting our office directly.

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