Wills written or dictated by soldiers at the front can be admissable and hold up in court, according to a New York attorney.

"Because of the young age of many U.S. service men and women called to war, it's likely many have not prepared a will," said Scott Edmonds, head of New York law firm Winston and Strawn's trusts and estates practice."While not the ideal estate planning procedure, the allowances for oral and handwritten wills address the circumstances faced by many of our men and women now fighting in the gulf."

Oral and unwitnessed handwritten wills - legally known as nuncupative and holographic wills - can easily be created by soldiers in combat, he said.