In the case of Gray v Gray (2015), the Court made reference to problems presented by a badly drawn Will. In the case, the Court stated:
All of this could have been avoided if the Testator had consulted a lawyer and signed off on a Will which reflected his wishes. There is no question but that engaging the services of a properly qualified and experienced lawyer to draft a Will is money well spent.
In the decision of Boettcher v Driscoll (2014), where the hand written document recorded an amendment to a properly prepared Will to allow a beneficiary to “have use of the house for as long as he needs”, the Court found that the document constituted an “informal Will” but that it was void for uncertainty. The effect was that the Will remained unaltered.
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