Will text messages become a will?

In the UK, the Law Commission has recently proposed revised rules that would permit a deathbed text message to serve as a legally enforceable will. The proposed rule changes would allow not only text messages sent from an iPad or phone, but also voicemails, and even emails to serve a will that would be enforced by British courts. The rule changes are meant to bring the “outdated” law of wills into the modern era because they are failing to protect the vulnerable. Currently, around 40% of people die without making a will. This proposal aims to clear up much of that by making it easier for people to direct the legal affairs were they to meet an unfortunate end.

It is important to note, that in Florida, no such rule has been proposed, and the formalities for a valid will are very strictly enforced. Rules vary significantly among states and it is highly advisable that one seek consultation from a licensed Florida Bar member before attempting to draft such a document. To reach an attorney licensed to assist in drafting a will, the Florida Bar Referral Service can be reached via telephone at 1-800-342-8011.

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