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In re Estate of Rigsby

Oklahoma Court of Appeals
843 P.2d 856 (Okla. 1992)



Jessaline Pasquali Rigsby died and left a holographic will. Upon her death, her spouse found two pieces of paper folded together, but not fastened together, both in Rigsby’s handwriting. The first page was initialed and dated at the top, and stated “Inasmuch as I do not have a will, I would like to make the following arrangements in the event of my death.” The page then went on to list Rigsby’s belongings and to whom they should be given. The first page was signed by Rigsby at the bottom. The second page was initialed and dated at the top, but simply contained a list of her belongings with an individual’s name next to each. This page was not signed. Neither page was numbered nor did the pages refer to each other in any way. At one point, the second page conflicted in part with the first page. The district court admitted only the first page to probate, finding that the second page “lacked indicia of testamentary intent.” Betty Dorsey, Rigsby’s sister, appealed, claiming that both pages should be admitted together as the will.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Jones, J.)

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