Validity of Wills—privileged Wills
Validity of Wills—privileged Wills

The following Wills & Probate guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Validity of Wills—privileged Wills
  • Statement of the privilege
  • Soldier being in actual military service
  • Mariner or seaman being at sea
  • Any member of Her Majesty's naval or marine forces
  • Extent of the privilege
  • Will contents
  • Gifts to witnesses
  • Minors
  • Alterations
  • more

Coronavirus (COVID-19): As announced on 17 April 2020, the President of the Family Division, Sir Andrew McFarlane, authorised District Probate registrars to allow statements of truth to be used in place of affidavits for non-contentious probate applications and processes during the coronavirus pandemic. The relevant rules which are affected by the guidance are: Non-Contentious Probate Rules 1987, SI 1987/2024, rr 12(1), 16, 19, 25(2), 26, 32(2), 44(12), 46(2), 46(4), 47(4), 47(6), 48(2)(a), 50(2), 51, 52, 53, 54(3) and 55(2). The guidance was due to expire on 30 July 2020, however it has been extended to 30 October 2020 due to the ‘continuing challenges facing courts and practitioners in making paper-based prob