(1) Know the nature of the act (of making a will);
Fraud is one ground to invalidate a will. Fraud involves:
If you die without a valid will (known legally as ‘dying intestate’), a standard formula is used to distribute your property and possessions. Usually, this means all your assets will pass to your spouse or children.
WILL OF [Full Name of Person Making the Will]
When you have a valid will, you give yourself the best chance of making sure your assets go where you want them to. So you should always make a will if you have a family or if other people are financially dependent on you.
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