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David Little of Hartog, Baer & Hand. David Little of Hartog, Baer & Hand.

A valid will in California must be in writing, signed by the testator (Prob. Code Section 6110). This means a physical writing. Electronic documents, with electronic signatures, are valid for many transactions in California under the Uniform Electronic Transactions Act (Civ. Code Sections 1633.1–1633.17). The UETA, however, does not apply to wills (Civ. Code Section 1633.3(b)(1)). In an increasingly paperless world, is it time to update the law to allow electronic wills?

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