Suicide note and the law in England

Discussion in 'Soap Box' started by humphrey, Oct 8, 2010.

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  1. humphrey

    humphrey New Member

    A friends partner committed suicide some time ago. Can anyone tell me what status in law gifts made in a suicide note have. I have heard if it was found next to the body by the police then it has the same status as bequeaths made in a will. Is this correct?
     
  2. Lovecraft

    Lovecraft Well-Known Member

    If they don't have a pre-existing will and the note isn't honored traditionally all assets go to the spouse... were they married?
     
  3. aoeu

    aoeu Well-Known Member

    A piece of paper intended as a will is valid if a) it can be proven to be by the person who died and b) it can be proven they were of right mind. B provides a problem in this case. Lacking another will, I doubt it would be an issue; chances are good that in any mindset they wouldn't want their assets picked apart by the state. If another will exists it would not overwrite it, but if they're compatible they could both be honoured.

    The importance of the usual practice of wills is to ensure that it's written in unambiguous language (so a person specialising in such language does it) and that the person wanted it and was of right mind (hence witnesses).
     
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