Holographic Will Lawyer
Dealing with the death of a loved one is devastating. If a handwritten will was left behind, you may be concerned about its validity.
Our attorneys know how to handle holographic (handwritten) wills and can help you navigate these trying times.
Learn how the law firm of Froerer & Miles in Ogden, Utah, can ease your confusion and guide you through the probate process…
What Is a Holographic Will?
While it may sound complicated, a holographic will is essentially a will handwritten by the owner, who is known as the testator. A will may be handwritten for a number of reasons. Someone may write hurriedly in a life-threatening situation, they may have limited resources or knowledge about formal wills, or they may leave a suicide note. Our law firm is well-versed in holographic wills. We can help you formulate a detailed action plan and remove unwanted stress so you can focus on grieving during this sensitive time.
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Understanding Utah Legal Requirements
HandwrittenA holographic will must be in the testator's handwriting to be valid. This may be proved by close family members or friends, or with the help of a handwriting expert during the probate process.
SignedThe testator must have signed a holographic will for it to be valid and legally binding.
DatedA dated will is not required, but it can be helpful in some instances. For example, if the testator had any previously existing wills, a date can revoke these and clarify that the holographic will contains the true last wishes.
WitnessesWhile Utah law requires a formal will to have two witnesses, an exception is made for holographic wills. No witnesses are required if all the material is in the testator's handwriting.
Holographic Wills and Suicide How We Can Help
We understand that dealing with a loved one's unexpected death is difficult, and the last thing you want to do is call a lawyer after reading a suicide note. However, you may have questions about whether the suicide note can count as a valid last will, and you may not want to deal with figuring it out on your own.
Many clients do not realize that a suicide note can count as a valid last will.
Our team knows how to handle suicide cases and litigate in court if necessary. In all of the suicide cases we have settled, the testator has always left a suicide note that we were able to use as a holographic will. While this is a somber time, we give families in Layton and Ogden the opportunity to focus on grieving and healing instead of trying to navigate the intricacies of the law by themselves.
If a handwritten will is admitted to probate, the court will appoint an executor to oversee the process. One of our estate planning lawyers can act as the executor instead of yourself, your family members, or your children, and can handle all legal responsibilities so you can focus your time elsewhere.
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If you recently lost a child, parent, or other loved one, and they left behind a handwritten will, you don't have to navigate this confusing process alone. Froerer & Miles, serving families from Layton and all over greater Ogden, can help.
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Why Choose Us?
ExpertiseOur lawyers have over 30 years of experience in estate planning. Our attorneys have helped numerous clients over the last few years settle holographic wills, with the majority of them in suicide cases.
Utah NativesOur team of five attorneys are all natives of Utah and are familiar with the ins and outs of the law and estate planning. This allows us to provide guidance throughout the probate process and have the highest chance of a favorable outcome.
CompassionateDealing with the death of someone close to you, especially through suicide, is heartbreaking. Our lawyers are committed to handling all the hard parts of the legal process to ease any emotional load we can for you and your family.
CommunicativeOur attorneys respond to all calls and emails within one day. We value the relationships we build with our clients and will always keep you updated on the status of your case.
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How Does Pricing Work?
We offer a free consultation at our Ogden, Utah, office because every situation is unique and different. This allows us to understand exactly what is going on and to determine if we can help with your case. We will provide a quoted price at the end of your legal consultation.
We typically require a retainer or flat fee payment upfront, but estate settlement cases and holographic wills work a bit differently. We are often able to work out payment on the backend. For example, if the estate has no liquid assets, we can be paid once a house is sold.
Challenging a Holographic Will
In some cases, a handwritten will does not accurately reflect what close family members or children believe the testator wanted as their last will. Our attorneys can investigate all circumstances to determine if any factors are at play that may deem a will invalid. This can include a few possibilities:
Undue influence occurs when a party takes advantage of the testator by persuading or coercing them into how to delegate their assets. This can be suspected when one person benefits significantly from the will, children are left out of the will, or the family believes the testator was manipulated in some way.
Lack of Mental Capacity
A testator must be in sound mental capacity in order to write a will. For example, they must understand that they are writing their last wishes, know who their family members are, and be able to decide how to allocate their assets to them.