Technology & what the future may hold…

text willsLast month I wrote about the appropriateness of the ‘modern option’ of using an online willwriting service. Now I see that an Australian court has ruled that an unsent text message stored on a phone counts as a Will.

Without worrying about the details of this particular case (you can read more about it in the Sydney Morning Herald article) it seems strange that a Court (any court in any country) has ruled the text message a valid Will since it clearly was not signed off and witnessed by 2 people – so that contradicts Queensland law. Secondly what was his state of mind when he composed the text just before he committed suicide? It seems it would be difficult to argue he was of sound mind?

This case was in Australia so has no bearing on English law but who knows what the future holds and how technology might be used.