Under Florida law, a will must contain the following characteristics:
• Be in writing
• The testator must be at least 18 years of age and of sound mind
• Signed by the testator
• Attested to by two witnesses in the presence of the testator and in the presence of each other
There may also be other factors involved. A will made in another state by a testator will be recognized as valid in Florida as long as the will was made in accordance with the laws of the other state. A holographic or handwritten will may be recognized under limited circumstances if made by an active duty military person in a life threatening situation.
It is good to have a will. But unless you have a very small estate, it is not recommended to make a do-it-yourself will. A slight mistake in the formalities of the will can make it invalid. Estate, call a Miami estate attorney. You can reach the Law Offices of Albert Gurevich at (786) 522-1411.