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In re Estate of Johnson
Arizona Court of Appeals
630 P.2d 1039 (1981)
Arnold Johnson prepared a will on a preprinted form. The form contained typewritten text stating that the document was intended to be Johnson’s last will and testament. The typed text also designated a blank area for items that Johnson intended to devise and bequeath. In this blank area, Johnson handwrote the names of eight recipients. Next to the first recipient, Johnson handwrote a note that said one-eighth “of my estate.” Next to the other seven recipients, Johnson handwrote only the number one-eighth. Johnson also handwrote a name in a blank for an executrix, handwrote the month and day, and signed the document. For the preprinted section identifying witnesses, the document just had blanks. After Johnson’s death, the trial court found that the document was not a valid holographic will. The matter was appealed to the Arizona Court of Appeals.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Wren, C.J.)
Concurrence (Contreras, J.)
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