In Scotland, to be valid a Will must in writing, but the rules which operate for Wills executed on or after 1st August 1995 are different from those which (continue to) operate for Wills executed before that date.

Wills executed before 1st August 1995

Legally effective Wills executed before 1st August 1995 fall into two categories, namely holograph Wills (this term encompasses Wills ‘adopted as holograph’) and attested Wills.

Holograph Wills

These are entirely in the handwriting of and signed by the testator, but not witnessed. They are often informal in nature.

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