Is an unwitnessed lithographic will valid? 6 Answers as of August 03, 2016

A relative left a handwritten will with only his signature. It wasn't notarized and was not witnessed. He died 5 years ago. Is this handwritten will valid or would his death mean he died intestate?

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Patrick W. Currin, Attorney at Law | Patrick Currin
If signed and dated it's valid.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 8/3/2016
Law Ofices of Edwin K. Niles | Edwin K. Niles
A will entirely written, dated, and signed by the testator is called a holographic will, and is valid. I don't understand lithographic.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 8/3/2016
Stephen Mancini
Stephen Mancini | Stephen Mancini
A "holographic" will is a handwritten will and does not have to be witnessed.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 8/3/2016
WFB Legal Consulting, Inc.
WFB Legal Consulting, Inc. | William F. Bernard
A valid *holographic* will without witnesses is technically a valid will in the State of CA.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 8/3/2016
Law Offices of George H. Shers | George H. Shers
No, everything on the page, even the date, must be in his own handwriting. A form printed Will has to have 2 witnesses. Notaries are not needed [but could count as a witness I guess].
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 8/3/2016
    Law Office Of Victor Waid
    Law Office Of Victor Waid | Victor Waid
    A hand written will is valid in California to distribute a person's estate via the probate court of the Superior Court in the county of the deceased principal place of residence. Seek legal counsel for review and interpretation and to commence the proceeding to probate the will estate.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/3/2016
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