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.
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.
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.