Judgment was handed down this morning in what I think is the first case where the Queensland Courts have considered the COVID-19 Emergency Response Act 2020 (Qld) and the Justice Legislation (COVID-19 Emergency Response – Documents and Oaths) Regulation 2020 (Qld) for the execution of wills.

Unfortunately, in the signing process, the testator missed signing one page, which meant the will was not validly executed, and an application for probate of an informal will under s18 of the Succession Act 1981 was required.  This necessitated the serving of 41 affected beneficiaries.

Probate was granted and you can read the case – Re Sheehan [2021] QSC 89 – here.

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