Invalid Wills Case Brought Before Supreme Court Conclusive Decision Sought On ‘Mirror Wills’ Issue 05.12.2013 A major case revolving the complications raised when a couple mistakenly signed each other’s Wills as a result of a clerical error has been brought before the Supreme Court this week. The Will dispute is between the two biological sons of Alfred and Maureen Rawlings and a third ‘adopted’ sibling, Terry Marley, who lived with the couple for around 30 years. Mr Marley was left the couple’s entire estate following the death of Mr Rawlings seven years ago, but the Rawlings’ sons Michael and Terry are arguing that identical Wills signed by their parents in 1999 are null and void as a result of the mistake made when they signed them. If the Wills were deemed to be invalid by law, it would mean the couple died intestate and all of the estate including a £400,000 would fall to the biological sons. The Supreme Court hearing in the case, which took place on Tuesday (3 December), follows the dismissal of an appeal by Mr Marley against the original judgment that legal formalities related to the preparation of the so-called ‘mirror Wills’ were not satisfied. Expert Opinion The Supreme Court has been given the responsibility of providing clarity once and for all on this incredibly difficult issue, specifically whether identical Wills signed by the wrong party in error should be allowed to stand. "This is something that already happens in other common law cases but no conclusive decision has ever been made in English courts. "Of course, another key issue that this scenario highlights is the importance of taking the utmost care and getting the best possible advice when writing and finalising a Will. The best supervision and support will ensure documents not only meet requirements but their preparation is executed precisely as you’d wish. "The reasons are there for all to see, simply as one small error could have huge consequences for family and friends who could fall into both time-consuming and costly disputes regarding the documents left behind regarding their estate." Paula Myers, Partner Key contact Paula Myers Partner 0113 394 6832 Email Paula Tags Dispute Resolution Will Trust and Estate Disputes Paula Myers Related articles 20.09.2017Mental Health Trust Pays Damages To Family Of Vulnerable Man Who Died In High Rise Fire 20.09.2017Landmark Legal Ruling Will Allow Doctors to Withdraw Treatment To Those Suffering Debilitating Diseases if Families Agree 20.09.2017Inquest Finds Alzheimer Suffer Died Due To Ingesting Chlorine Tablets 19.09.2017Two Women Instruct Lawyers After Being Abused By Dr Philip Schuppler 19.09.2017Specialist Public Health Lawyers Instructed After Dry Ice Cocktail Drank at The Alchemist ‘Leaves Man With Severe Stomach Burns'