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Digital Wills: Has the Time Come for Wills to Join the Digital Revolution?

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dc.contributor.author Beyer, Gerry W.
dc.date.accessioned 2010-04-02T16:15:59Z
dc.date.available 2010-04-02T16:15:59Z
dc.date.issued 2007
dc.identifier.citation 33 Ohio N.U.L. Rev. 865 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10601/344
dc.description.abstract We are certainly in an electronic age. Society has made a definite transition from the use of paper to an overwhelming reliance on electronic transactions. This development has not escaped notice by the estate planning community, especially in the matters of advanced directives. This article examines whether the time has come to bring wills into the digital age, particularly in light of the necessity to preserve the physical representation of the testator's desires. The article outlines the historical development of the writing requirement beginning with the ancients to modern day. The authors then address the policies supporting the writing requirement, the expansion of what may constitute a "writing," and the barriers which must be surmounted before electronic wills are viable. The article concludes with an analysis of the question posed, whether, upon examination of the history and policies of the writing requirement, as well as the challenges faced by electronic wills, now really is the time for digital wills.
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Ohio Northern University Law Review
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dc.relation.uri http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1341965
dc.subject Wills
dc.subject Digital wills
dc.subject Estate planning
dc.subject Electronic wills
dc.title Digital Wills: Has the Time Come for Wills to Join the Digital Revolution? en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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