When is a Will valid under section 9 Wills Act 1837?

There are certain formalities which have to be complied with for a Will to be valid. These are set out in section 9 of the Wills Act 1837 and describe the physical process which must be gone through when a Will is executed for it to have what is generally referred to as ‘formal validity.’

Certainly there are other considerations which must be taken into account, such as the Testator’s capacity, but if the provisions of section 9 are not complied with, the Will will not be valid in any case.

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The Importance of Parents Making Wills

The aim of Update your Will Week 2023,’ hosted by Solicitors for the Elderly and running from 23rd to 29th January, is to highlight the need for people to review their Wills and ensure they are still fit for purpose. Circumstances and family change over time so it is vital that you review your Will regularly to keep everything up to date and to avoid potentially costly litigation if your Will is no longer relevant.