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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

First iPhone Will Deemed Valid in Queensland

IphoneIn Australia, a Brisbane court held that a will contained in an iPhone drafted just before a suicide was legally valid. Despite the fact that the will was not witnessed, the intention was clear, the man wanted the will to be operative. The man typed the will in the notes application of the iPhone and named his brother as the executor. However, the man's brother could not follow the will's instructions because it did not meet the requirements of a valid will. Justice Lyons decided that due to the special factors in the decision the iPhone will was valid and probated.

See Rae Wilson Will Done on iPhone Before Owner Took His Life Ruled Valid, The Daily Examiner,  Nov. 7, 2013.


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