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Editor: Gerry W. Beyer
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Monday, August 26, 2013

Will Written On Tablet Device Found Valid in Ohio

  GavelAn Ohio probate judge held that a will drafted on an electronic tablet that was both signed and witnessed was valid. The court reasoned that the law recognized holographic wills and that the electronic will met all the attestation requirements necessary for a valid will. 

Javier Castro refused a blood transfusion based on religious reasons. Without the transfusion, he was going to die. In the hospital, Castro wanted to draft a will but did not have a pen or paper so he drafted his will on an electronic tablet and had his brothers serve as witnesses to the will. 

See Neil Guthrie Ohio Judge Says Electronic Will is Valid, Mondaq,  Aug. 23, 2013.

Special thanks to Brian Cohan (Attorney at Law, Law Offices of Brian J. Cohan, P.C.) for bringing this article to my attention.


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