Colorado International Wills Law

Wills and Estates – International Wills Law – Colorado

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This part 10 shall be known and may be cited as the “Uniform International Wills Act”.  Part 10, 15-11-1001.


As used in this part 10, unless the context otherwise requires:

(1) “Authorized person” and “person authorized to act in connection with international wills” means a person who, by section 15-11-1010 or 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.
(2) “International will” means a will executed in conformity with sections 15-11-1003 to 15-11-1006.  Part 10, 15-11-1002.

International wills – validity.

(1) 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 part 10.

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

(3) This part 10 does not apply to the form of testamentary dispositions made by two or more persons in one instrument.


International wills – requirements.

(1) An international will shall be made in writing. It need not be written by the testator himself. It may be written in any language by hand or by any other means.

(2) A 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 his will and that he knows the contents thereof. Such testator need not inform the witnesses or the authorized person of the contents of the will.

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

(4) If the testator is unable to sign, the absence of his signature shall not affect the validity of the international will if such testator indicates the reason for his inability to sign and the authorized person makes note thereof on the will. In such 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 him if the authorized person makes note of this on the will, but it is not required that any person sign the testator’s name for him.

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

(6) The provisions of section 15-11-501 shall apply.  Part 10, 15-11-1004.

International wills – other points of form.

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

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

(3) The authorized person shall ask the testator whether he wishes to make a declaration concerning the safekeeping of his will. If so and at the express request of the testator, the place where he intends to have his will kept shall be mentioned in the certificate provided for in section 15-11-1006.

(4) A will executed in compliance with section 15-11-1004 shall not be invalid as an international will merely because it does not comply with this section.  Part 10, 15-11-1005.

Certificate that requirements for an international will have been met.

(1) The authorized person shall attach to the will a certificate to be signed by him establishing that the requirements of this part 10 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.

(2) The certificate shall be substantially in the following form: See Form CO-WIL-01900. Part 10, 15-11-1006.

Persons authorized to act in relation to international will – eligibility – recognition by authorizing agency.

Individuals who have been admitted to practice law before the courts of this state and are currently licensed so to do are authorized persons in relation to international wills.  Part. 10, 15-11-1010.

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