Every will must be in writing and executed as follows:

(1)(a) Testator’s signature.

1. The testator must sign the will at the end; or2. The testator’s name must be subscribed at the end of the will by some other person in the testator’s presence and by the testator’s direction.(b) Witnesses.-The testator’s:1. Signing, or2. Acknowledgment:a. That he or she has previously signed the will, orb. That another person has subscribed the testator’s name to it,must be in the presence of at least two attesting witnesses.(c) Witnesses’ signatures.-The attesting witnesses must sign the will in the presence of the testator and in the presence of each other.(2) Any will, other than a holographic or nuncupative will, executed by a nonresident of Florida, either before or after this law takes effect, is valid as a will in this state if valid under the laws of the state or country where the will was executed. A will in the testator’s handwriting that has been executed in accordance with subsection (1) shall not be considered a holographic will.(3) Any will executed as a military testamentary instrument in accordance with 10 U.S.C. s. 1044d, Chapter 53, by a person who is eligible for military legal assistance is valid as a will in this state.(4) No particular form of words is necessary to the validity of a will if it is executed with the formalities required by law.(5) A codicil shall be executed with the same formalities as a will.

Terms Used In Florida Statutes 732.502

  • codicil: An addition, change, or supplement to a will executed with the same formalities required for the will itself.
  • person: includes individuals, children, firms, associations, joint adventures, partnerships, estates, trusts, business trusts, syndicates, fiduciaries, corporations, and all other groups or combinations. See Florida Statutes 1.01
  • testator: A male person who leaves a will at death.
  • writing: includes handwriting, printing, typewriting, and all other methods and means of forming letters and characters upon paper, stone, wood, or other materials. See Florida Statutes 1.01

Questions About this Law

2 years, 4 months ago | Florida

I have been name as the only person in a hand written will done in 2002. The man had not had contact with a child since she was about 22 she just left. She if alive is in her late 60’s. He had… [Reply/Read more]