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The Supreme Court recently ruled that a Will was valid despite the fact that it had been signed by the wrong person. A couple, Mr and Mrs Rawlings mistakenly signed each other’s Wills in the presence of their solicitor and another witness, both wishing to benefit a non-blood relation, Mr Marley. Nevertheless, Lord Neuburger, presiding over the case, ruled that the Wills should be treated similarly to a commercial contract and not allow an obvious error to undermine Mr and Mrs Rawlings’ wishes.
The decision was based upon the Mr and Mrs Rawlings’ intentions, and it was made clear that it was the objective of both Mr and Mrs Rawlings’ to benefit Mr Varley, and not their two sons, who brought the action.
To read more about this case please see http://www.lawgazette.co.uk/5039503.article?utm_source=dispatch&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=GAZ220114
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