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ARKANSAS. - Every person over twenty-one years of age may devise real and personal property, and persons over eighteen may bequeath personal property. The testator must subscribe his name at the end of the will, in the presence of two witnesses or shall acknowledge to them it was so subscribed and shall declare it to be his will, and the witnesses must sign at the request of the testator. When the entire body and signature of the will are in the handwriting of the testator it may be proved by the evidence of three witnesses to the handwriting and signature without subscribing witnesses. Wills may be typewritten. Nuncupative wills of $500 worth of personal property or less are valid, if made during the last illness of the testator.

CALIFORNIA. — Every person over the age of eighteen, of sound mind, may dispose of property, real or personal, by will. Wills, unless holographic, must be subscribed at the end by the testator, or some person in his presence, and by his direction, and must be attested by two witnesses to whom the testator declares it to be his will in the presence of, and at the request of, the testator, and in the presence of each other. Bequest for charitable purposes must be made at least thirty days before death of testator and cannot exceed one-third of estate if he leave legal heirs. Wills may be typewritten. Nuncupative wills are restricted by statute.

COLORADO. — Every person twenty-one years of age if a male, or eighteen years if a female, may dispose of property, real or personal, by will, and persons seventeen years of age may dispose of personal estate. "All wills must be in writing, signed by the testator or some one in his presence, at his request, and attested in his presence by two or more credible witnesses. There are restrictions as to the amount that a husband or wife can will away from the other.

CONNECTICUT.- Every person eighteen years of age, or more, and of sound mind, may ma a will, nd every devise passes the whole title unless clearly limited; the will must be in writing, signed by the testator, and attested by three witnesses in his presence, and in the presence of each other. Typewritten wills are valid.

DELAWARE. — Any person of the age of twenty-one years, and of sound mind, may make a will. The will must be in writing, signed by the testator, attested and subscribed in his presence by two credible witnesses.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA. — Any person twenty-one years of age if a male, or eighteen if a female, and of sound mind, may make a will. All wills, unless holographic, must be signed by the testator and attested and subscribed in his presence by two credible witnesses. Nuncupative wills require two witnesses and must be reduced to writing within ten days. All devises and bequests for religious purposes must be made at least one month before death.

FLORIDA. — Every person of the age of twenty-one years, and of sound mind, may make a will, and such will must be signed by the testator, or by some one in his or her presence and by his or her direction, and attested and subscribed in his or her presence, by two or more witnesses. Nuncupative wills must be proved by three witnesses present. The husband cannot, where he leaves a family, dispose of the homestead by will.

GEORGIA. — Persons of fourteen years of age and sound mind may make a will

. A married woman may make a will of her separate estate. Wills must be in writing, signed by the testator, or by some person in his presence, and by his express direction, and attested and subscribed in his presence by at least three competent witnesses. Nuncupative wills must be proven by the oath of three competent witnesses.

IDAHO. — Any person of the age of eighteen may make a will. It must be signed by the testator in the presence of two witnesses, who must sign in the presence of each other, unless the will be nuncupative or holographic. Typewritten wills are valid. Devises and bequests for charitable purposes must be made at least thirty days before death.

ILLINOIS. — Any male of twenty-one years, or female of eighteen years, of sound mind and memory, may make a will. It must be in writing, signed by the testator, or by some one in his presence, and by his direction, and attested by two or more credible disinterested witnesses in the presence of the testator. A devise to a witness is void unless the will is otherwise suffi. ciently attested.

INDIANA, - All persons, twenty-one years of age and of sound mind, may make a will and devise entire estate saving provision for widow. The will must be in writing, signed by the testator, or in his presence, and by his direction, and attested and subscribed in his presence by two or more competent witnesses. Typewritten wills are valid, as are nuncupative wills of personal property not exceeding one hundred dollars in value.

OKLAHOMA. - All persons of full age may make a will of both realty and personalty. Persons eighteen years of age may devise goods and chattels. A will must be subscribed by the testator, or by his direction, or acknowledged by him to be his will, in the presence of two witnesses, each of whom shall at his request subscribe as witnesses. IOWA.

Testator must be of full age and sound mind. Personal property to the value of three hundred dollars may be bequeathed by a verbal (nuncupative) will, attested by two competent witnesses. All other wills must be in writing, witnessed by two competent witnesses, and signed by the testator, or by some one in his presence, and by his express direction. Nun. cupative wills with two witnesses are valid to the extent of three hundred dollars. A devise to a charity shall not exceed one-fourth of the value of the estate.

KANSAS. - Any person of full age, of sound mind, may make a will. It must be in writing, signed at the end by the testator, or by some one in his presence, and by his direction, and it must be attested in the presence of the testator by two or more competent witnesses, who saw the testator sign, or heard him acknowledge the will for his last will and testament. A husband or a wife cannot bequeath away more than one-half of his or her estate. Nuncupative wills are valid, where there are two competent witnesses thereto, if they were made during the last sickness of the testator.

KENTUCKY. — The testator must be of sound mind, and not under twenty-one years of age. Will must be in writing, signed by the testator, or some one for him, and, if not wholly written by himself, must be subscribed or acknowledged in the presence of at least two credible witnesses, who must sign in the presence of the testator. A legatee, who is a witness to the will must, if his testimony is necessary to prove it, surrender his advantage thereunder.

LOUISIANA - Wills are of three kinds : Nuncupative, or open testaments. Mystic, or sealed testaments. 3. Holographic testaments. Nuncupative testaments, by public act, must be received by a notary public in the presence of three witnesses, residing where the will is executed, or five witnesses not residing in such place. It must be dictated by the testator, and written by the notary as dictated, then 'read to the testator in the presence of the witnesses, and signed by the testator, and attested by all the witnesses. Nuncupative testaments, by private act, must be written by the testator himself, or from his dictation, in the presence of five witnesses residing in the place where the will was made, or seven not residing in such place, or it is sufficient if the testator presents the paper, on which he has written the will, declaring that the paper contains his will. In country places three resident, or five non-resident witnesses, will be sufficient if a larger number cannot be obtained. It must be read by the testator to the witnesses and signed by testator and all the witnesses. Mvstic, or sealed instruments, are made as follows: The testator must sign his dispositions, and the paper then closed and sealed. He shall then present it thus closed to a notary public and

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three witnesses and declare it to be his last will and testament in their presence. The notary must then draw up the act of superscription on the same paper or envelope, and sign it together with the testator and the wit

Holographic wills are entirely written, dated, and signed by the testator himself. No woman or male child under sixteen years of age can be a witness. Any person over the age of sixteen may make a will. Wills are the subject of so many formalities in this state that it will be difficult for a layman to understand the technicalities.

MAINE, - The testator must be of sound mind, and twenty-one years of age, and the will must be signed by the testator, or some one in his presence, and at his request, and subscribed in his presence by three credible witnesses, not interested in the will. No more than one hundred dollars worth of property can be disposed of by nuncupative will where there are less than three witnesses.

MARYLAND. - Every person of twenty-one years of age if a male, or eighteen years if a female, may make a will. The will must be in writing, signed by the testator or some one in his presence, and by his express direction, and attested and subscribed in his presence by two or more credible witnesses. Typewritten wills are admitted to probate. Gifts for charitable purposes, to take effect at death, must be approved by the legislature.

MASSACHUSETTS. — Every person of full age and sound mind may make a will, which must be in writing, signed by the testator or by some one in his presence and by his direction and attested and subscribed in his presence and in the presence of each other by three or more competent witnesses to whom the testator has declared it to be his will. Husband deserted by wife or living apart for justifiable cause may (after hearing in Probate Court and decree) make will as if unmarried. Beneficial devises or bequests to attesting witnesses are void unless there are three others,

MICHIGAN - The testator must be of full age and sound mind. A devise passes the whole interest, unless specially limited. The will must be in writing, signed by the testator, or some one in his presence, and by his direction, and attested and subscribed in his presence by two or more competent witnesses who are disinterested. Typewritten wills are valid. Nuncupative wills up to three hundred dollars are valid where there are three witnesses. Devises and legacies to witnesses are void, unless there are enough other witnesses to prove the will, but in any case the witness may take an amount equal to what he would have received had the will not been proved.

MINNESOTA. — The requirements of a will are the same as in Michigan.

MISSISSIPPI. — The testator must be twenty-one years old, whether male or female, and of sound mind. The will must be signed by the testator, or some one in his presence, and by his direction, and, if not holographic, attested by two credible witnesses, who sign in the presence of the testator. Nuncupative wills, if exceeding one hundred dollars, must be made in the testator's last sickness, and witnessed by two competent persons. No devises for charitable purposes are allowed, but personalty may be so given except for religious uses.

MISSOURI. · Males of eighteen years of age may make will of personal property; and of twenty-one, of both real and personal estate. Females of eighteen may make will of both real and personal estate. The will must be in writing, signed by the testator, or some one by his direction, in his presence, and attested by two or more competent witnesses, who sign in the presence of the testator. Typewritten wills are valid.

MONTANA. - Every person, over the age of eighteen, and of sound mind, may dispose of property, real or personal, by will. The will must be signed by the testator, or by some person in his presence, and by his express direction, and attested and subscribed in his presence by two or more competent witnesses to whom he has declared it to be his will. A holographic will need

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not be witnessed. Typewritten wills are valid. Nuncupative wills are allowed if the estate is less than one thousand dollars, but are otherwise restricted.

NEBRASKA — Any person of full age and sound mind may make a will. Wills must be in writing, signed by the testator, or some one in his presence, and by his direction, and attested and subscribed in the presence of the testator by two or more competent witnesses. Nuncupative wills are allowed, but only under statutory restrictions.

NEVADA - The testator must be eighteen years of age and of sound mind. The will must be in writing, signed and sealed by the testator, or by some one in his presence, by his direction, and attested in his presence and in the presence of each other, by two competent witnesses. Holographic will need not be witnessed. Nuncupative wills of estates of less than one thousand dollars are allowed in a restricted form. Devises to witnesses are void unless the will can be otherwise proved than by their testimony.

NEW HAMPSHIRE. — Any person of twenty-one years of age and sound mind may make a will, to be in writing, signed and sealed by the testator, or some one in his presence, and by his direction, and attested and subscribed by three or more credible witnesses. Nuncupative wills are allowed in a restricted form.

NEW JERSEY. – Testator must be twenty-one years of age and of sound mind. All wills, after the year 1850, must be in writing, signed by the testator, or the signature acknowledged by him, and he must declare the writing to be his last will in the presence of two witnesses, who are present at the same time, and who must subscribe the same in presence of the testator. A legacy or a devise to a witness is void, and such a witness is thereby rendered competent to prove the will.

NEW MEXICO. - Any person twenty-one years of age and of sound mind may make a will. Wills may be written or verbal. If written, they must be signed by the testator, or some person for him, and attested by two or more credible witnesses who must sign as witnesses at his request, in his presence, and in the presence of each other. Verbal wills must be attested by the same number of witnesses, who must testify that testator was of sound mind and judgment, and must all be present, see and hear testator speak, and each must understand clearly and distinctly every part of the will.

NEW YORK. – Males of eighteen and females of sixteen may make wills of personal property, but only persons of twenty-one years can devise real estate. Wills must be subscribed by the testator at the end, in the presence of each of the attesting witnesses, or acknowledged by him in their presence. There must be at least two witnesses who sign their names at the end, at the request of the testator; they should add also their residences, as failure to do so renders them liable to fine. There are certain statutory restrictions as to the amount of bequests to religious or charitable institutions. NORTH CAROLINA.

- The testator must be twenty-one years of age, and of sound mind. The will must be in writing, signed by the testator, or some one in his presence, and by his direction, and subscribed in his presence by at least two disinterested witnesses. Holographic wills, signed by the testator, and found among his valuable papers and effects, or lodged in the hands of some person for safe keeping, are allowed, and the handwriting must be proved by three witnesses. Wills may be typewritten. Nuncupative wills are allowed under various restrictions.

NORTH DAROTA. — Any person eighteen years of age and of sound mind may make a will. Wills, unless holographic, must be signed by the testator, or by some person in his presence, and by his direction, in presence of two or more witnesses to whom he declares it to be his will, and who must subscribe their names as witnesses at his request and in his presence. A hol. ographic will need not be witnessed.

OHIO. — The testator must be of full age and sound mind, and the will must be in writing or typewritten, signed at the end by the testator, or some

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one in his presence and by his direction, and attested by two or more competent witnesses, who saw the testator sign or heard him acknowledge the will. Typewritten wills are valid. Nuncupative wills and gifts to charities are allowed only under statutory restrictions.

OKLAHOMA. — Any person over eighteen years of age may make a will. It must be in writing, witnessed by at least two competent witnesses, who shall subscribe the same.

OREGON. Every person twenty-one years of age may dispose of property, real and personal, by will, and every person of eighteen may bequeath goods and chattels. The will must be in writing, signed by the testator, or some one for him, and attested by two or more competent witnesses in his presence. Typewritten wills are customary.

PENNSYLVANIA. - Any person of full age and sound mind may make a will. It must be in writing, signed by the testator, or some one in his presence for him, and attested by two or more competent witnesses. Nuncupative wills and charitable gifts are restricted. Typewritten wills are proper.

RHODE ISLAND. — Persons eighteen years of age and of sound mind may bequeath personal property, and persons of twenty-one years may devise real estate. The will must be in writing, signed by the testator, or some one for him, and attested and subscribed in his presence by two or more witnesses.

SOUTH CAROLINA. - Persons of twenty-one years of age may devise real estate, and persons under twenty-one, but of years of discretion, may bequeath personal property.

Three or more credible witnesses are necessary, who must sign in presence of the testator and of each other. The will must be in writing, and signed by the testator. Nuncupative wills are allowed only under various restrictions.

SOUTH DAKOTA. — Every person eighteen years of age may make a will. It must be in writing, subscribed by the testator, or by some person in his presence and by his direction, in the presence of two attesting witnesses to whom he declares it to be his will, and who must subscribe the same witnesses at his request and in his presence. A holographic will need not be witnessed.

TENNESSEE. - Any person of sound mind, and twenty-one years of age, may dispose of real estate by will. Males at fourteen, and females at twelve, may bequeath personal property. Wills of real estate must be subscribed by the testator, or some one for him, and attested and subscribed in his presence, by at least two disinterested witnesses. Holographic wills found among the testator's valuable papers, or deposited for safe keeping, are allowed, if the handwriting is proved three witnesses. No subscribing witnesses are necessary to wills of personalty, but two witnesses or equivalent testimony are necessary to establish them. Nuncupative wills are subject to statutory limitations.

TEXAS Testators must be twenty-one years of age, and sound mind, and the will must be signed by testator, or for him in his presence, and by his direction, and if not holographic, attested by two or more credible witnesses over fourteen years of age. Will may be typewritten. Nuncufative wills must follow the statute as to the amount disposed of, the time when made, and the number of witnesses.

UTAH. Any person of the age of eighteen years and of sound mind may dispose of property, real and personal, by will, except that a husband may not dispose of more than two-thirds of his real property without the consent of his wife. The will must be in writing, subscribed by the testator, in the presence of two or more witnesses, declaring it to be his will, and the witnesses must subscribe as witnesses, at his request, in his presence, and in the presence of each other. Wills may be typewritten. Holographic wills require no witnesses. Nuncupative wills must follow the statutory restrictions. Gifts to witnesses are void unless the will can be otherwise proved.

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