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Did a Loved One Leave Only a Holographic Will?

If a loved one left only his or her wishes in a handwritten will, it is considered to be a holographic will and beneficiaries may question whether the will is valid. Consult with a Washington a holographic wills lawyer who can advise you on the legal requirements for validating a holographic will.

Holographic Will Requirements

A holographic will is a document that is wholly handwritten by the person making the will (the testator) and not signed by witnesses. Holographic wills often are written in moments of emergency, when the testator is facing serious illness or death. Most states require the will to be signed and dated by the testator, but it does not necessarily have to be written on paper.

Best Time to Seek Legal Help

No matter what your legal issue may be, it is always best to seek legal help early in the process. An attorney can help secure what is likely to be the best possible outcome for your situation and avoid both unnecessary complications or errors.

Top Questions to Ask a Lawyer

  • What is the usual process to resolve my case? How long will it take to resolve this?
  • What are likely outcomes of a case like mine? What should I expect?

An experienced lawyer should be able to communicate a basic "road map" on how to proceed. The lawyer should be able to walk you through the anticipated process, key considerations, and potential pitfalls to avoid. Once you've laid out the facts of your situation to the lawyer, he/she should be able to frame expectations and likely scenarios to help you understand your legal issue.

Points to Consider Before Hiring a Lawyer

Experience. Regardless of the type of legal matter you need help with, an experienced attorney will usually be able to get you better results.

Competence. Determine an attorney's expertise by asking about their track record for the issue you need help with resolving.

Fit. There are plenty of good attorneys out there; make sure you find one you are comfortable working with.

Common legal terms explained

Pro se - This Latin term refers to representing yourself in court instead of hiring professional legal counsel. Pro se representation can occur in either criminal or civil cases.

Statute - Refers to a law created by a legislative body. For example, the laws enacted by Congress are statutes.

Subject matter jurisdiction - Requirement that a particular court have authority to hear the claim based on the specific type of issue brought to the court. For example, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court only has subject matter jurisdiction over bankruptcy filings, therefore it does not have the authority to render binding judgment over other types of cases, such as divorce.

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Court Locations in Washington, DC

District of Columbia Court of Appeals

430 E Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20001
Phone: (202) 879-1010

Superior Court for the District of Columbia

500 Indiana Ave NW, Washington, DC, 20001
Phone: (202) 879-1010

U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

333 Constitution Ave., NW, Washington, DC, 20001
Phone: (202) 354-3080