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How to write a holographic will : Complete guide

Writing a will is an important act that allowsanticipate your succession andexpress your last wishes regarding the distribution of his property after his death.

If there are different types of wills, the holographic will is the most common because of its simplicity and low cost.

But how to write a holographic will ? Is it legal? Where should it be filed? What is the cost of a classic will registered with a notary?

We will answer all these questions in this article.

⚠️ PLEASE NOTE: Your holographic will must be completely handwritten, dated and signed to be valid. ✅ Retrouvez nos modèles !

How to write a holographic will ?

The drafting of a holographic will does not require the intervention of a notary. It is therefore more accessible. However, it is essential to respect certain formalities for it to be considered valid.

Here are the steps you need to take to write your holographic will :

1. Begin by indicating the date and place of writing at the top of the document.

This information is crucial in determining the most recent will if there is more than one. 

2. Write clearly that the document is a will.

A sentence like "This is my will" can be enough. 

3. Express your last wishes regarding the distribution of your property.

It is essential to be as specific as possible to avoid confusion or litigation. 

4. Sign the will at the end of the document.

For your will to be valid, you must date and sign it.

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⚠️ Les présents modèles de testaments sont proposés à titre indicatif conformément aux dispositions des lois et règlements français en vigueur, notamment le Code Civil, La loi n° 2006-728 du 23 juin 2006 et la loi n° 2016-1547 du 18 novembre 2016 ont modifié les dispositions législatives relatives aux testaments.​

How much does a will cost at the notary's office?

Unlike the will at the notary's office, the drafting a holographic will is free of charge.

However, you will have to pay additional costs if you want it to be kept by your notary and registered in the Fichier Central des Dispositions de Dernières Volontés (FCDDV). 


If you choose to use a notary to draw up your willIf you are not sure what to do, be aware that you will be charged a fee.

In general, the cost of a authentic willThe cost of the will, drawn up by a notary, varies between 100 and 150 euros. This fee includes the drafting of the will, its conservation and its registration. 


Fees since January 1, 2021: 

Fees for drawing up a will with a notary.

Type of will

Editorial costs (excluding VAT)

Opening and description fees (excluding VAT)

Custodial fees before death (excluding VAT)

Holographic will

No charge

26,41 €

26,41 €

Authentic or mystical will

113,19 €

No charge

No charge

Source: service-public.fr

Yes, the holographic will is perfectly legal in France, provided that it meets the above criteria. 

It must be: 

  • entirely handwritten,  
  • dated and signed by the testator.  

It is still recommended that you consult your notary to ensure its validity and compliance with the law. ✅

Where to file a holographic will ?

Once your holographic will drawn upIt is preferable to entrust it to your notary for safekeeping.

It will ensure theregister with the CSDFThis ensures that your will is known and respected after your death.

This filing with the notary is not free of chargebut it will offer you a security additional information regarding the preservation and execution of your last wishes. 

Holographic will X Legapass: how does it work?

You can use Legapass as a complement to your holographic will or as digital will

To do this, you just need to indicate in your will to your beneficiaries (heirs) that you have opened an account on Legapass where they will find all your access codes. These will allow them to access your assets, whether tangible or intangible. 

Indeed, on Legapass you can map your assets in less than 5 minutes and enter your access codes which will be encrypted and saved in an offline safe.

Make a list of all your possessions and secure your access codes in a few clicks, such as : 

  • The Pin code of your smartphone;
  • The password from your laptop or email box;
  • The seed phrase of your cryptocurrencies; 
  • And all your other access codes (alarm, safe, etc.)...

In conclusion, if you wish to write your will, but you do not have the budget to allocate to it, the holographic will is the best solution

A simple and economical way to express your last wishes.  

Keep in mind thatit is recommended to consult a notary to ensure its validity and compliance with the law.  

A well-drafted will is a guarantee that your last wishes will be respected.

✅ And don't forget to add all your access codes to Legapass so that your heirs don't suffer the administrative burden of not having them. 

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