Holographic Will

A Will which has been handwritten by the testator without the presence of witnesses. In Scotland holographic wills are valid but are not considered self-evidencing, hence evidence will need to be presented to the Sheriff Clerk that the document is indeed the work of the testator in their own handwriting. The exact law on holographic wills in Scotland changed in 1995.

In England and Wales for a Will to be valid it requires witnesses, who can not be named as beneficiaries. A will may still be handwritten, but is not legally valid without witnesses. Witnesses must be over the age of eighteen and be personally known to the testator.