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(A) understands basic English, and with the help of an interpreter, gave (B) instructions for a Will. (A) has said that she will struggle to read a Will in English. (B) can translate the Will into Urdu—but could (A) sign an English version?

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Published on LexisPSL on 20/06/2016

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  • (A) understands basic English, and with the help of an interpreter, gave (B) instructions for a Will. (A) has said that she will struggle to read a Will in English. (B) can translate the Will into Urdu—but could (A) sign an English version?

In order for a Will to be valid under English law, it must be formally valid in accordance with the Wills Acts and the testator must have had testamentary capacity when making the Will. For more information on the formal validity of Wills, see Practice Note: Validity of Wills—form of Will.

For further information on testamentary capacity, see Practice Note: Capacity to make or revoke a Will.

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