Who Can Make a Will?

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Anyone who is at least 18 years of age and of sound mind can make a Will the only exception to this rule is soldiers who are on active duty and sailors who are at sea at the time they wish to make a Will. In these situations, the lower age limit is 14 years old.

There is no upper age limit for making a Will.

You may make or alter your Will as long as you are of sound mind, and that you make the Will of your free choice.

What is Sound mind?

To make a Will a person must be ‘of sound mind’. More specifically, at the moment when they sign the Will they must be mentally capable of understanding what they are doing and the consequences of that action. 

There is no restriction on people who are illiterate making a Will.

If a testator cannot read or write, they can dictate their wishes for someone else to write down. If they cannot sign their name, they can make their mark, such as a cross, on the document. What matters is that the testator understands that they are making a Will, and the consequences of doing so.