Florirda Wills Law
Signing a will allows you to designate exactly where and to whom your property will go once you are no longer living.
Depending on your wishes, having a will may be very important. If you die without a will, referred to as dying “intestate,” the state will distribute your property according to a predetermined set of laws which essentially work down your family tree by giving priority to those most closely related to you. These laws also apply when a will is found to be invalid. Therefore, if you want everything to go to a friend — not to a family member — you would be well-advised to make sure that: 1) you have a will; and 2) your will is executed properly.
All states have laws specifying the requirements for a valid will. State laws concerning wills are rather uniform across the country, partially to prevent tampering by heirs with ulterior motives. For instance, all states require the person writing the will to be the age of majority (legally an adult, usually 18). In Florida, the law also requires that you sign the will in front of two or more credible witnesses. These witnesses must then sign your will in front of you, as well as in front of the other witnesses.
It should be noted that while some states recognize oral wills and/or holographic wills (a will written entirely in the handwriting of the person making the will — but not signed by witnesses), Florida does not recognize either.
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