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  ( Division 6 enacted by Stats. 1990, Ch. 79. )

PART 1. WILLS [6100 - 6390]

  ( Part 1 enacted by Stats. 1990, Ch. 79. )

CHAPTER 11. Uniform International Wills Act [6380 - 6390]
  ( Chapter 11 enacted by Stats. 1990, Ch. 79. )


In this chapter:

(a) “International will” means a will executed in conformity with Sections 6381 to 6384, inclusive.

(b) “Authorized person” and “person authorized to act in connection with international wills” means a person who by Section 6388, or by the laws of the United States including members of the diplomatic and consular service of the United States designated by Foreign Service Regulations, is empowered to supervise the execution of international wills.

(Enacted by Stats. 1990, Ch. 79.)


(a) A will is valid as regards form, irrespective particularly of the place where it is made, of the location of the assets and of the nationality, domicile, or residence of the testator, if it is made in the form of an international will complying with the requirements of this chapter.

(b) The invalidity of the will as an international will does not affect its formal validity as a will of another kind.

(c) This chapter does not apply to the form of testamentary dispositions made by two or more persons in one instrument.

(Enacted by Stats. 1990, Ch. 79.)


(a) The will shall be made in writing. It need not be written by the testator himself or herself. It may be written in any language, by hand or by any other means.

(b) The testator shall declare in the presence of two witnesses and of a person authorized to act in connection with international wills that the document is the testator’s will and that the testator knows the contents thereof. The testator need not inform the witnesses, or the authorized person, of the contents of the will.

(c) In the presence of the witnesses, and of the authorized person, the testator shall sign the will or, if the testator has previously signed it, shall acknowledge his or her signature.

(d) If the testator is unable to sign, the absence of the testator’s signature does not affect the validity of the international will if the testator indicates the reason for his or her inability to sign and the authorized person makes note thereof on the will. In that case, it is permissible for any other person present, including the authorized person or one of the witnesses, at the direction of the testator, to sign the testator’s name for the testator if the authorized person makes note of this also on the will, but it is not required that any person sign the testator’s name for the testator.

(e) The witnesses and the authorized person shall there and then attest the will by signing in the presence of the testator.

(Enacted by Stats. 1990, Ch. 79.)


(a) The signatures shall be placed at the end of the will. If the will consists of several sheets, each sheet shall be signed by the testator or, if the testator is unable to sign, by the person signing on his or her behalf or, if there is no such person, by the authorized person. In addition, each sheet shall be numbered.

(b) The date of the will shall be the date of its signature by the authorized person. That date shall be noted at the end of the will by the authorized person.

(c) The authorized person shall ask the testator whether the testator wishes to make a declaration concerning the safekeeping of the will. If so and at the express request of the testator, the place where the testator intends to have the will kept shall be mentioned in the certificate provided for in Section 6384.

(d) A will executed in compliance with Section 6382 is not invalid merely because it does not comply with this section.

(Enacted by Stats. 1990, Ch. 79.)


The authorized person shall attach to the will a certificate to be signed by the authorized person establishing that the requirements of this chapter for valid execution of an international will have been fulfilled. The authorized person shall keep a copy of the certificate and deliver another to the testator. The certificate shall be substantially in the following form:

(Convention of October 26, 1973)

 1.I, _____ (name, address, and capacity) _____ ,

 a person authorized to act in connection with international wills,

 2.certify that on _____ (date) _____ at _____ (place) _____

 3. _____ (testator) (name, address, date and place of birth) _____

 in my presence and that of the witnesses

 4.(a) _____ (name, address, date and place of birth) _____

 (b) _____ (name, address, date and place of birth) _____

 has declared that the attached document is his will and that he knows the
 contents thereof.

 5.I furthermore certify that:

 6.(a)in my presence and in that of the witnesses

 (1)the testator has signed the will or has acknowledged his signature
  previously affixed.

 (2)following a declaration of the testator stating that he was unable
   to sign his will for the following reason ________________, I
  have mentioned this declaration on the will,*
  and the signature has been affixed by

  _____ (name and address)* _____

 7.(b)the witnesses and I have signed the will;

 8.(c)each page of the will has been signed by

_________________ and numbered;*

 9.(d)I have satisfied myself as to the identity of the testator and of the
  witnesses as designated above;

10.(e)the witnesses met the conditions requisite to act as such according
  to the law under which I am acting;

11.  (f)  the testator has requested me to include the following statement
  concerning the safekeeping of his will:*







necessary, SEAL


*to be completed if appropriate

(Enacted by Stats. 1990, Ch. 79.)


In the absence of evidence to the contrary, the certificate of the authorized person is conclusive of the formal validity of the instrument as a will under this chapter. The absence or irregularity of a certificate does not affect the formal validity of a will under this chapter.

(Enacted by Stats. 1990, Ch. 79.)


The international will is subject to the ordinary rules of revocation of wills.

(Enacted by Stats. 1990, Ch. 79.)


Sections 6380 to 6386, inclusive, derive from Annex to Convention of October 26, 1973, Providing a Uniform Law on the Form of an International Will. In interpreting and applying this chapter, regard shall be had to its international origin and to the need for uniformity in its interpretation.

(Enacted by Stats. 1990, Ch. 79.)


Individuals who have been admitted to practice law before the courts of this state and who are in good standing as active law practitioners of this state are authorized persons in relation to international wills.

(Enacted by Stats. 1990, Ch. 79.)


The Secretary of State shall establish a registry system by which authorized persons may register in a central information center information regarding the execution of international wills, keeping that information in strictest confidence until the death of the maker and then making it available to any person desiring information about any will who presents a death certificate or other satisfactory evidence of the testator’s death to the center. Information that may be received, preserved in confidence until death, and reported as indicated is limited to the name, social security or other individual identifying number established by law, if any, address, date and place of birth of the testator, and the intended place of deposit or safekeeping of the instrument pending the death of the maker. The Secretary of State, at the request of the authorized person, may cause the information it receives about execution of any international will to be transmitted to the registry system of another jurisdiction as identified by the testator, if that other system adheres to rules protecting the confidentiality of the information similar to those established in this state.

(Enacted by Stats. 1990, Ch. 79.)


After December 31, 1984, a reference in a written instrument, including a will, to the former law (repealed by Chapter 892 of the Statutes of 1984) shall be deemed to be a reference to the corresponding provision of this chapter.

(Enacted by Stats. 1990, Ch. 79.)

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