Wills, defined; kinds

A will is an act whereby a person is permitted, with the formalities prescribed by law to control to a certain degree the disposition of his estate to take effect after his death. (Art. 783 of the Civil Code of the Philippines) There are two (2) kinds of wills: notarial and holographic.

A notarial will is an ordinary or attested will, which must comply with the requirements of the law particularly Articles 804 to 808 of the Civil Code. On the other hand, a holographic will is one entirely written, dated and signed by the hand of the testator; this is regulated by Article 810)