Offensive Words in Wills
Offensive Words in Wills
Paper and Recording
1 hour 25 minutes
1.5 CPD Units in Professional Skills
Recorded on 20 March 2019

Presenter: Christopher Parker, Treloar & Treloar
Chair: John Cronshaw, Rossi Legal

Offensive Words in Wills – putting them in and taking them out

What are a solicitor’s professional obligations when instructed to prepare a will containing potentially offensive or defamatory words? Is it wiser for a testator to hold their tongue? And when you act for a person who is the subject of such words, what hope do you have of preventing them being published in the public document that is the Grant of Probate? This paper considers two hundred years of case law, Conduct Rules and common sense in aiming to provide answers to these questions.

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