Curing Execution Errors and Mistaken Terms in Wills
John H. Langbein
28 PROBATE& PROPERTY JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2004 In recent years a remarkable change has been emerging in the way American courts treat cases involving errors in the execution or mistakes in the content of wills. When some innocuous blunder occurred in complyiin with the Wills Act formalities, such as when one attesting witness went to the washrooo before the other had finished signing, the courts used to apply a rule of strict compliannc and hold the will invalid. Likewise, in cases of mistaake terms...