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Where spelling mistakes have been corrected in a Will (ie crossed out and replaced by manuscript) and the amendments initialled by the testator and witnesses, is there anything else that needs to be done to avoid problems arising when the Will is presented for probate in the future?

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Published on LexisPSL on 14/09/2020

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  • Where spelling mistakes have been corrected in a Will (ie crossed out and replaced by manuscript) and the amendments initialled by the testator and witnesses, is there anything else that needs to be done to avoid problems arising when the Will is presented for probate in the future?

A testator, having drawn up a Will, may wish to make amendments to it, either before they execute it or after. The significance of the alteration and the potential implications were it to be inadmissible should be considered carefully. In most cases, it is better to prepare a new Will or a codicil to the Will making the amendment in clear terms.

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