The usual procedure for making a will is set out in the Wills Act 1837 which requires that in order for a will to be valid it must be:
However sometimes it’s not possible to make a last minute will or people decide in their last hours that they would like to make a gift. This is known as ‘Donatio Mortis Causa’ which is essentially a gift given by someone expecting or contemplating death and is more commonly referred to as a death bed gift.
In order for a death bed gift to be valid and to override the requirements of the Wills Act 1837 the gift must meet the following requirements:
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