As someone considering how to pass on your assets, it is important to know that certain types of wills are not considered valid in the state of Florida. Today, we will take a look at the steps that you must take in order to ensure that your will is considered valid in the eyes of the law.
FindLaw examines the requirements for a valid will in Florida. First, you must be of 18 years of age or older upon its creation. Emancipated minors can also create a valid will. However, anyone who writes a will must be proven to be of a clear and sound mind at the time of its creation regardless of their age.
Next, you will need witnesses. Two witnesses must be present during the official process. They must sign the will in the presence of each other and you. Typically, people will create an official appointment with an attorney so everyone can gather together at the same time and sign the will properly.
Oral wills are not considered valid in the state. Holographic wills are also invalid. This means that only written wills are valid, and they are only valid if they are witnessed and signed by at least two witnesses.
Your loved ones and potential beneficiaries have a lot to lose if your will is considered invalid. In order to ensure this doesn’t happen, you may want to seek the aid of an experienced attorney. They can supervise the creation of your will, ensuring that everything is done correctly in accordance with the state laws.