Signing a will with GnuPG

David Shaw dshaw at
Fri Jan 30 18:20:07 CET 2004

On Fri, Jan 30, 2004 at 01:56:47PM -0600, Tom Barcellona wrote:
> On Fri, 2004-01-30 at 12:59, gnupg-users-request at wrote:
> > An interesting use for GnuPG:
> Interesting. But in case anyone was wondering, this would not be valid
> in the US. (at least anywhere I can think of) Most states require a lot
> of hoops to jump thru for a will to be valid. (Varies by state, but
> generally typed, signed, dated, may have to say certain words, signed by
> two witnesses and notarized.) The only exception is a Holographic (or
> Olographic if you live in a civil law system) will. In that case, it has
> to be handwritten, signed, and dated by the person whose will it is.
> Intent of the testator doesn't even get looked at unless they can prove
> the authenticity of the document first.

Indeed.  Wills were explicitly left out of the "E-Sign" law passed
here a few years ago.


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