Hawaii Will Laws
Here you will find what is required by state when making a living will. You will also find whether or not this specific state accepts oral or written wills.
Some key terms to keep in mind:
Testator: One who makes or has made a will; one who dies leaving a will.
Holographic Will: A will and testament that has been entirely handwritten and signed by the testator.
Oral Will: An oral will (or "nuncupative" will) is a will that has been delivered orally (that is, in speech) to witnesses, as opposed to the usual form of wills, which is written and according to a proper format.
State Requirements and Will Type Recognition
Code Section§560:2-501, et seq
- Can be made by any competent person, at the age of majority
- document must be made in writing
- document must be signed by declarant or another person in his presence and at his expressed direction
- document must be dated
- document must be signed in presence of 2 or more adult witnesses
- all signatures must be notarized
- not effective when pregnant
- becomes effective in terminal condition or permanent loss of ability to communicate concerning medical treatment (sample form §327D-4)
Age of Testator18 years or older and of sound mind
Number of Witnesses RequiredSigned by at least two individuals, each of whom signed within a reasonable time after the individual witnessed either the signing of the will or the testators acknowledgment of that signature or acknowledgment of will
Oral Will RecognitionNot recognized