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Of Papers and Holographs: Five Types of Wills
There are at least a dozen different types of wills, each with their own conditions and various degrees of legal standing. This attorney can help you decide which one is best for your circumstances. In the meantime, read our guide to a few of the most common options.
Simple Will: Also called a statutory will, the simple will is a state-specific template that can be filled in with the relevant information. It may be the easiest type of will to draft, but it is not often a great choice, even for those with uncomplicated, low-value estates—many states do not recognize them, and even in places that do, a simple will can be nullified by even the slightest of complications.
Conditional Will: A conditional will requires certain conditions to be met before it will be executed—often that beneficiaries have reached a certain age or finally beaten the last level of Donkey Kong. Others might stipulate that if a person passes away from cancer, a portion of the estate will go towards cancer research.
Joint Will: For couples, a joint will is a single document that is signed by both parties and generally bequeaths everything to the surviving partner. The survivor cannot change this will.
Holographic Will: Far from high-tech, a holographic will is just an unwitnessed document written, signed, and dated in the deceased person’s handwriting. It has somewhat shaky legal status, but 20 states recognize it as valid.
Video Will: In a video will, the deceased verbally conveys how their estate should be allocated, which can be proof in and of itself that the testator was mentally competent in the case of any challenges. One of the key advantages of a video will is that it gives the deceased the chance to convey the reasons and emotions that went into the decisions—hence why video wills are a common trope in movies.