Nuncupative will

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a will or testament made by word of mouth only, before witnesses, as by a soldier or seaman, and depending on oral testimony for proof.
- Blackstone.

See also: Nuncupative

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277) In addition, a celebrated case of a fraudulent nuncupative will came down in England in 1676, shortly before Parliament enacted the statute of frauds, underscoring to legislators the evidentiary hazards that attended these wills.
285) The requirement that the testator make a nuncupative will in a secure location helps to protect him or her, in the one circumstance where the testator benefits from protection.
288) Although one can find among the nuncupative will cases instances in which the memories of auditors conflicted, those conflicts have been minor.
2 (McKinney 2012) (neither limiting value nor barring realty but validating a nuncupative will only if made by military personnel during wartime, and invalidating the will three years after a mariner makes it, or one year after a member of the armed forces leaves the service); OKLA.
A nuncupative will represents a "special indulgence, as a last resort .
Among the nine, nuncupative will jurisdictions, see supra note 272, this requirement persists in six: Kan.
The second section is a fascinating and careful exploration of issues of mental capacity and coercion, particularly surrounding nuncupative wills.