Last Minute Wills

It is not uncommon for relatives to take an aged member of the family to a solicitor so that a new will can be executed. The Court of Appeal decision in Hawes v Burgess [2013] EWCA Civ 73 demostrates the care that has to be exercised in such a situation.  The relevant will was drafted by an independent solicitor who was experienced in drafting wills and who had explained its contents to the deceased before she executed it three weeks later.  The trial Judge found that the deceased lacked the degree of understanding to comprehend and appreciate the claims to which she ought to have given effect.  He also found that the deceased did not know and approve the contents of the contents of the will. Read more