FAQ: What is a Holographic Will?

Definition of HOLOGRAPHIC WILL: (noun) / a will written entirely in the handwriting of the testator and not executed and attested in accordance with the formalities prescribed by New York Estates Powers & Trusts Law § 3-2.1

In order for a holographic will to be admitted to probate, it must be proven that the will was written entirely in the testator’s handwriting and that the testator, at the time the will was executed, was a member of the armed forces while in actual military or naval service during a war or other armed conflict; a person who serves with or accompanies an armed force engaged in actual military service during such war or armed conflict, or a mariner at sea.