Unsent text message passes for will in Australia

The draft message addressed to the man’s brother was found on his phone after he took his own life in October 2016, aged 55. AFP file photo

 

BRISBANE: A dead man’s unsent text message leaving his home and pension to his brother rather than his wife and son and signed off with a smiley face emoji has been ruled a legitimate will by an Australian court.

The draft message, addressed to the man’s brother, was found on his phone after he took his own life in October 2016, aged 55.

“The informal nature of the text does not exclude it from being sufficient to represent the deceased’s...

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