The statue of wills was enacted in 1540 by the Parliament of England and it is still used to govern the form of a will today. The statute of wills requires that a will be in writing, signed by the testator, and witnessed by at least two people.
California law requires that a testator be 18 years old and be of sound mind, the will must be signed by the testator,
California also recognizes handwritten wills, only if the signature and material sections of the will are in the testator’s handwriting. This is referred to as a “holographic will.” Holographic wills do not need witnesses present.