"Video Wills" are invalid and inadmissible in Florida

"Video Wills" are invalid and inadmissible in Florida

Yesterday at my networking group meeting we were visited by a woman who runs a video production company catering towards attorneys. As she was introducing herself to the group, she stated that among the services she provides was filming depositions and allowing people to film video wills.

At which my ears perked up.

Video wills?

I obviously didn't want to interrupt or embarrass her in front of the group, but I was curious exactly what she meant and I went up and spoke with her after the meeting. Sadly, it was exactly what I feared.

One of her services is filming people speaking in front of the camera and saying, "I so and so want to give my bank account to my daughter and. . . " Not writing, but speaking.

Oy vey.

In Florida, video wills are invalid. Inadmissible. Worthless.

Section 732.502 of the Florida Statutes provides, in part that "every will must be in writing." No exceptions.

I'm not talking about recording the signing ceremony, which I'll write about another time. But if your only will is a video will, it's no different than not having any will at all.

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David Shulman is an attorney located in South Florida who focuses his practice on Wills, Trusts and Estates, and Tax Planning. He attended George Washington University Law School and Brandeis University, both of which he graduated with honors. In addition David received his LLM in Estate Planning from the University of Miami Law School. Prior to starting his own practice, David worked for the Internal Revenue Service and a large South Florida law firm.