A Note From the Beyond: Video Wills

Authored by , LegalMatch Law Library Managing Editor and Attorney at Law

Find a Lawyer

Video Wills

Most states require wills to be written, signed, and witnessed.  However, with the availability of technology, videotaped wills are becoming increasingly popular.

 

In a video will, the will maker (also called the testator) usually reads her will out loud before a video camera. This type of will can be used as evidence that the testator was of sound mind and competent to deter possible will contests.

Are Video Wills Valid?

A video will, by itself, is not a valid substitute for a written will. The video maker should supply a written copy of their wishes that meet the state's requirements for a valid will. This may be easy to do since the testator is reading a will out loud, meaning that a written copy exists. As long as the written copy meets the state's requirements, the video and written will can be used jointly to protect the will's validity. 

Do I Need to Contact a Lawyer to Produce My Video Will?

While producing a video will is a helpful and creative tool to will making, it alone is not enough.  An experienced estate planning lawyer can help you draft a written will that meets your state's will requirements, to fully execute your wishes. Plus, many estate planning lawyers have video rooms to record your will and allow you to contact loved ones from the beyond.

Consult a Lawyer - Present Your Case Now!
Last Modified: 11-17-2011 04:16 PM PST

Find the Right Lawyer Now

Did you find this article informative?

Link to this page

Law Library Disclaimer

A Note From the Beyond: Video Wills,  video wills,estate planning,will requirements,will contests,video camera,will's validity,wills trusts,video,wills,valid,trust,estate,copy,testator,requirements,