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Venugopal (Sr.Exe)     14 April 2010

Is there something as Joint-Wills?

Can a husband and wife write a Will jointly? And in case one of them expires before the other does the family members have to wait for the second person also to expire before they get to read the contents of the will, the will being sealed and registered?


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adv. rajeev ( rajoo ) (practicing advocate)     14 April 2010

Will can be executed jointly, but will come in to existence only after the death of the testetors

Parthasarathi Loganathan (Advocate)     14 April 2010

But what would be the status when one survivor of the WILL wants to change the contents?

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N RAMESH. (Advocate Chennai. Formerly Civil Judge. Mobile.09444261613)     14 April 2010

A Joint Will is a testamentary instrument whereby two or more persons agree to make a conjoint Will. Where a Will is joint and is intended to take effect after the death of both, it will not be enforceable during the life– time of either. Joint Wills are revocable at anytime by either of the testators during their joint lives, or after the death of one, by the survivor.

A Will executed by two or more testators as a single document duly executed by each testator disposing of his separate properties or his joint properties is not a single Will. It operates on the death of each and is in effect for tow or more Wills. On the death of each testator, the legatee would become entitled to the properties of the testator who dies.

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Parthasarathi Loganathan (Advocate)     14 April 2010

That was superb and very informative superb.  I think I have extracted the best out of Ramesh through my specific query.

Isaac Gabriel (Advocate)     14 April 2010

No doubt, the intellectual expertise is flowing out through LCI which is educative and informative.

Venugopal (Sr.Exe)     14 April 2010

Mr.N.Ramesh shows his class as an advocate.

Venugopal (Sr.Exe)     14 April 2010

Mr. Ramesh mentions "A Joint Will"  and "A Will executed by two or more testators." Are both the same or two different types.

Jammy Williams (NA)     25 November 2011

A will can be executed jointly. There is a will known as joint wil.l A joint will is a single document executed by more than one person (typically husband and wife), making which has effect in relation to each signatory's property on his or her death (unless he or she revokes (cancels) the will during his or her lifetime).


For more information visit  Florida Probate AdministrationFlorida Probate FAQ

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