Does Washington Allow Spoken Wills?
An oral or spoken will is called a nuncupative will. Generally, courts and legislatures do not
favor these types of wills because they are difficult to prove and have an
increased risk of fraud. That said,
Washington does recognize nuncupative wills for members of the armed forces who
make a nuncupative will at the “time of their last sickness” and in the
presence of two witnesses. The property
disposed of may not exceed $1000, and the proof of the will must be offered
within six months after it was made. No
real estate may be devised by a nuncupative will.