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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 …

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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 22 November 2019 <>
First published online: 2018

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