Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Melissa Clark recently published an Article entitled, Avoiding Grave Consequences: Electronic Wills as a Solution in Texas, Wills, Trusts, & Estates Law eJournal (2020). Provided below is the abstract to the Article.
There is a vast gap in Texas between testate and intestate individuals. Admitting electronic wills to probate may reduce that gap. This article analyzes the current electronic will statutes in effect and the newly created Uniform Electronic Will Act to propose a statute for Texas designed to further testator disposition of property, ensure compliance with will formalities, limit fraud, and prepare Texas for technological advancements through electronic wills. Without a statute, Texas will face admitting electronic wills executed in other states, through the savings statute in the Estates Code, without control or regulations in place.