Summary of Maryland's Will Requirements:
|Minimum Age to Make a Will||18|
|Written Document Required||Yes|
|Nuncupative Wills (Oral)||No|
|Holographic Wills (Hand-Written, Unwitnessed)||Yes1|
|Number of Witnesses Required||2|
|Statutory Form for Self-Proving Affidavit||No|
Statutes Governing Maryland's Will Requirements:
Who may make a will
Any person may make a will if he is 18 years of age or older, and legally competent to make a will.
Writing; signature; attestation
Except as provided in §§ 4-103 and 4-104, every will shall be (1) in writing, (2) signed by the testator, or by some other person for him, in his presence and by his express direction, and (3) attested and signed by two or more credible witnesses in the presence of the testator.
(a) Signed by person in armed services.- A will entirely in the handwriting of a testator who is serving in the armed services of the United States is a valid holographic will if signed by the testator outside of a state of the United States, the District of Columbia, or a territory of the United States even if there are no attesting witnesses.
(b) Void one year after discharge.- A holographic will is void one year after the discharge of the testator from the armed services unless the testator has died prior to expiration of the year or does not then possess testamentary capacity.
Will made outside Maryland
A will executed outside this state is properly executed if it is:
(1) In writing;
(2) Signed by the testator; and
4-102 , or the law of the domicile of the testator, or the place where the will is executed.
Proof of execution of will
The register shall assume due execution of the will:
(1) If the will appears to have been duly executed and contains a recital by attesting witnesses of facts constituting due execution; or
(2) If it does not so appear, or if the will does not contain that recital, then upon the verified statement of a person with personal knowledge of the circumstances of execution whether or not the person was in fact an attesting witness.
[Reference - Maryland Requirements for a Will].