Electronic Wills: The Changing Future of the Estate Practice

106 Pages Posted: 18 Nov 2021

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Gerry W. Beyer

Texas Tech University School of Law

Date Written: October 2, 2021


As of September 15, 2021, four states have enacted the Uniform Electronic Wills Act: Colorado (effective July 2, 2021), North Dakota (effective August 1, 2021), Utah (effective August 31, 2020), and Washington (effective January 1, 2022). Six states have enacted other electronic will statutes: Nevada (effective July 1, 2017), Indiana (effective July 1, 2018), Arizona (effective July 1, 2019), Florida (effective July 1, 2020), Illinois (effective July 26, 2021), and Maryland (effective October 1, 2021).

This article discusses the development of electronic wills, the Uniform Electronic Wills Act and the e-will statutes of the six non-uniform states, and the situations where e-wills may be a valuable part of the estate planner's toolbox.

The article also contains the complete text of all state statutes and detailed comparison charts which set forth the key features of each state's e-will statutes.

Keywords: Electronic wills, e-Wills, wills, estate planning, Uniform Electronic Wills Act

JEL Classification: K11

Suggested Citation

Beyer, Gerry W., Electronic Wills: The Changing Future of the Estate Practice (October 2, 2021). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3944994 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3944994

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