May 29th, 2012
As baby boomers enter their 60s, eye disease and vision impairment are likely to become more prevalent in the population. How might that affect estate planning and will contests? Are there concerns if a testator cannot read the will he or she is about to execute?
We’ve previously looked at a case where a testator did not need to know the ‘mechanics’ of a will for it to be valid. Now, we turn to New Jersey, where an appellate court has concluded that a will is not invalid simply because the testator did not read the document before signing it.
The facts of In the Matter of the Estate of Betsy A. Schnitzer are worth a read. Likewise, the court spends a good deal of time discussing how undue influence presumptions work in New Jersey, which is particularly helpful for New Jersey practitioners. But, we want to look at the aspect of the case regarding signing a document the testator hasn’t read. (more…)