Adam J. Hirsch: Models of Electronic-Will Legislation (June 20, 2021)

Adam J. Hirsch, of the University of San Diego, has made available for download his article, Models of Electronic-Will Legislation, published in the Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Journal. The abstract is as follows:

This Article examines alternative ways lawmakers could structure legislation validating electronic wills. The Article identifies four essential models, each of which is currently reflected in acts or drafts of acts found either in the United States or abroad. These are: (1) acts validating electronic wills that meet formal requirements, (2) acts giving effect only to specialized variants of electronic wills (or none at all), (3) acts allowing electronic wills only when made under emergency conditions, and (4) acts allowing electronic records intended as wills on a case-by-case basis, without establishing formalities for their validation. In the course of the analysis, the Article performs the first-ever empirical survey of popular assumptions concerning the revocation of electronic wills. The Article ultimately concludes that, given the novelty of electronic wills, we are best off if states experiment with alternative legislative models until lawmakers have enough evidence to assess their relative merits. For this reason, the Uniform Electronic Wills Act of 2019 is premature.

To see the full article, click: Models of Electronic-Will Legislation by Adam J. Hirsch

 Posted by Josh Saret, Associate Editor, Wealth Strategies Journal.

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