Statutory Wills Information

Statutory Will

A Statutory Will is a Will for people who do not have the capacity to make one in the usual way.

This could be due to a disability following an accident or because a person is learning disabled.

Usually, for a Will to be valid, a person must have testamentary capacity which requires an understanding of a number of issues including what is being left in a Will and considering who should benefit under the Will.

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The Court Of Protection

A statutory will requires an application to the Court of Protection as the will is being made on behalf of a person lacking capacity. The issues that will be considered include the wishes of the individual lacking capacity and the views of family and friends.

You don’t need to be an attorney or deputy to apply to the Court of Protection to get an agreement on a new statutory will. It is easier if you are an attorney or deputy.

Approval

Once the application has been made to the Court, the Judge will appoint an Official Solicitor to check through the application with an independent perspective and make any representations to the Court thought necessary in order for the will to be fair to everybody involved.

The Court makes the final decision as to what the will should say and what its provisions for inheritance should be and all parties have to abide by that decision.

Once the will has been approved, an order is made allowing the applicant to sign the will on behalf of the individual lacking capacity. The Court will then seal the will and it is legally valid and binding

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