This is what is called a holographic will and is valid in CA and most states in the US. Visit with a probate attorney.
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You have to make a claim through probate and based upon the will. That is your best recourse. If you have possession of the vehicle via the storage, you can keep it until the outcome is determined.Ask a similar question
A holographic will (handwritten,dated and signed by your friend) is valid in California. However, if the daughter comes forward with a later will voiding your will you may be out of luck. You would then have to make a claim against your friend's estate or his heirs for the car or its fair market value.if they reject your claim you would have to file a complaint in the court.
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Maybe, maybe not. Consult an estate attorney.
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