Estate Planning has its own vocabulary. To help you speak the language, we've created a glossary of the more commonly used words and phrases. This glossary is comprised of 26 individual pages, one for each letter of the alphabet. To find a particular word or phrase that starts with the letter "H" - simply scroll down the list below. If your word or phrase starts with another letter, please use the alphabet index below.
Holographic WillA "holographic will" is a will that is handwritten and signed by the testator. Most states require that a will be signed by two witnesses, who attest to the testator's signature. However, in many jurisdictions, an unwitnessed holographic will is valid as long as it meets certain minimum requirements, such as:
- There must be sufficient evidence to show that the testator actually created the will.
- The testator must have had sufficient intellectual capacity to write the will.
- It must be clear that the testator intends to direct the distribution of his property to certain beneficiaries.