What are the requirements to make a Will in Arizona?

The requirements to make a Will in Arizona are dependent on the type of Will.

In Arizona two witnesses are required to establish the validity of a Will. The witnesses must see the testator sign or be informed by the testator that the signature is the testator’s. The witnesses must sign in the presence of each other and the testator. Arizona state law does not require a Will  to be notarized. However, if the Will is also notarized it will automatically accepted as being valid.

In Arizona an individual can make a valid Will without witnesses if he or she prepares a “holographic” Will. A holographic Will is a document that is in the testator’s own handwriting directing the disposition of his or her assets and is signed by the testator. The Arizona law authorizing holographic Wills reads as follows:

14-2503. Holographic will

A will that does not comply with section 14-2502 is valid as a holographic will, whether or not witnessed, if the signature and the material provisions are in the handwriting of the testator.

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