Digitization of Wills in the United States

The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated digitization of estate planning in the United States, leading some states to adopt temporary electronic will statutes and others to permanently adjust their formal requirements for wills. This shift is reflected in the growing adoption of the Uniform Electronic Wills Act across the country since its introduction in 2019. However, there remain important concerns concerning the usage of electronic wills. 

Texas Courts’ Adherence To Wills Formalities

Texas has historically been a conservative, strict compliance jurisdiction concerning wills formalities. However, legislative, as opposed to jurisprudential developments have granted courts greater leeway in probating defective wills, including a limited substantial compliance provision and a new scrivener’s error rule.