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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Can a suicide note be a holograph will?

My friends over at www.allaboutestates.ca have recently blogged about whether a suicide note can be a hand-written will. They took a look at a new case from Alberta, the Popowich Estate, where a woman left a nine-page note before taking her own life. The note appeared to give her full estate to her mother. The will that the deceased had in place before the note left half of the estate to her mother.

To read the post, click here.

The court found that although a suicide note CAN be a hand-written will, in this particular case it was not.

This is a heartbreaking situation for anyone to deal with and nobody is going to feel like getting involved with the courts when they are grieving and shocked. However, it might be the only way to get an answer on what the deceased really intended to do.

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