An Australian judge in the Supreme Court of Queensland handed down a ruling that allowed a text message to be used as a legitimate will. An unnamed man who took his own life left behind a cell phone with a text message that he never sent.
Dave Nic you and Jack keep all that I have house and superannuation, put my ashes in the back garden with Trish Julie will take her stuff only she’s ok gone back to her ex AGAIN I’m beaten . A bit of cash behind TV and a bit in the bank Cash card pin 3636 MRN190162Q 10/10/2016 My will
As a result of that unsent message, the man's possessions will be left to his brother and nephew and not to his wife and son. It is assumed that the man and his wife and son were not in a good relationship.
Though the wife contested the "will," saying that because her husband had not sent the text he didn't mean it, Justice Susan Brown disagreed due to the words, "my will" at the end.
In all of the circumstances I consider that the text message was intended by the deceased to operate as his will upon his death.
It won't be long till the worlds first Twitter will!— Ashley Rowthorn (@AshleyRowthorn) October 11, 2017
So whats all the bs abt legal wills, initial each page, witnesses not part of estate, if i can just prepare a txt/sms and not even send?— Trish (@plabg) October 11, 2017