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II. Testamentary Capacity
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Volume V: Succession | Chapter 4 (2018): Substantive Validity of Wills

Completed December 2013

Bernard Dutoit

A. Minimum Age

6. The general rule. – Modern legislation has often set at eighteen years the minimum age required for the decedent to make a valid will. That solution may be found in many countries.1 Also in the united states, almost all States have set the age of testamentary capacity at eighteen, pursuant to the Uniform…

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Bernard Dutoit, “II. Testamentary Capacity”, in: International Encyclopedia of Comparative Law Online, Edited by: U. Drobnig, R. David, H. H. Egawa, R. Graveson, V. Knapp, A. T. Von Mehren, Y. Noda, S. Rozmaryn, V. M. Tschchikvadze, H. Valladão, H. Yntema, K. Zweigert. Consulted online on 07 June 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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