In South Dakota, does my will have to be in writing?

Yes. In South Dakota, a will always needs to be in writing. A will written in your own handwriting is called a holographic will. South Dakota will recognize this type of will under certain circumstances. However, our law firm does not recommend that you write your own will. These wills are frequently unclear, incomplete, and poorly written. A better option is a will that is properly witnessed, known as an attested will. An attested will, with a special notarized affidavit, is a self-proving willOur law firm recommends that you have a properly written, attested, and self-proving will.