Ohio Court Approves Will Written on Samsung Tablet

As I recall from the myriad statutes I’ve seen over nearly 30 years, there is no requirement that a holographic will be written on paper. Here’s a new twist – when we see the first digital holographic will in Idaho?

Marshall's Oklahoma Law Blog

An Ohio Judge has allowed the admission of a will that was written with a stylus on a Samsung Tablet.  According to the man’s two brothers, the decedent had no paper, and was in the hospital expecting to die.  He told one of his brothers how he wanted his estate distributed, and his brother wrote the provisions on the tablet.  The decedent then signed the tablet in the presence of his brothers.

In Oklahoma, it is likely that a Judge would rule the same way.  Oklahoma recognizes three basic types f wills

1: Nuncupative Wills, which are wills that are dictated to another when a person believes his or her death is imminent while in military service or where the person suffered a mortal trauma on the same day as the will was dictated.  The amount of the estate can be no more than $1,000.00 and there must be actually…

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Court-appointed Trustee and Personal Representative, providing neutral, third-party, administration of Trusts and Estates; estate planning consultant to families, attorneys, and fiduciaries; and expert witness for trust and estate litigation matters. See my website at www.idahotrustee.com
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