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Formal occasion

Witnesses play an important role in will writing and even more so when giving evidence in contentious probate cases, says Matthew Evans

27 May 2014

The formalities required to execute a valid will in line with of section 9 of the Wills Act 1837 were explored in a recent interesting High Court decision.

Watts v Watts challenged the validity of Valerie Watts’ will dated 12 January 2011, brought by the deceased’s daughter against the deceased’s son, who was the sole beneficiary. The daughter sought to propound an earlier 1999 will, which split the estate equally between the two of them.

The circumstances of the deceased’s last will were subject to some dispute. It was agreed that she had made an appointment with will draftsmen in early January 2011, but was unable to keep the appointment as she was taken in to hospital. Her sister gave evidence that, at the deceased’s direction, she obtained a prepaid will form, and wrote the deceased’s instructions
by hand.

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