Sharp v Hutchins; Re Estate of Ronald Hubert Butcher (Deceased)

Probate – Will. The issue in the case was whether the court should pronounce in solemn form in favour of a will made by the deceased in 2013 (the 2013 will), as contended by the claimant, or in favour of a will made by the deceased in 2011 (the 2011 will), as contended by the defendant in her counterclaim. The Chancery Division held that it was satisfied, on the facts, that the 2013 will had been executed with the knowledge and approval of the deceased and that he had intended it to give effect to his testamentary wishes. The court pronounced for the 2013 will and dismissed the counterclaim.

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