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Excusing Harmless Errors in the Execution of Wills: A Report on Australia's Tranquil Revolution in Probate Law, 87 Colum. L. Rev. 1 (1987)

Abstract

An experiment of historic importance for the future of the Anglo- American law of wills has been in progress over the last decade in Australia. Two states of the federation, Queensland and South Australia, have enacted prototype statutes that abrogate the traditional rule of strict compliance with the requirements of Wills Act formality. The new statutes enable the probate court to validate a will even when the testator has failed to comply fully with the Wills Act.

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1987

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