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Estate of Billings
California Supreme Court
64 Cal. 427 (1884)
E. L. Billings used a sheet of letterhead to write out a will. The sheet already had a few items printed on it, including the year 1880. Billings handwrote the words “April 1” before the number 1880, but he did not handwrite any year on the document. After Billings died, the document was presented as an olographic will, which was the original term for a holographic will. The lower court found that the document was not a valid holographic will, and the case was appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Myrick, J.)
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