Preparing a Will for a Client with Communication Challenges

Gerry W. Beyer

Texas Tech University School of Law

April 2012

Trusts & Estates (Illinois State Bar Association), April 2012

Your client may have difficulty with communication, that is, the client may be unable to see, hear, write, or understand English. To effectively prepare a will for these clients, the estate planner must initially ascertain whether the client has a communication challenge and then take affirmative steps to make certain the challenge does not negatively impact the validity of the will. Extra attention must be given to make certain the requirements of a valid will are satisfied and that individuals displeased with the will do not use the communication challenge as a foundation for claims of undue influence or fraud. Even without other evidence, courts may subject the will of a communicationally challenged client to higher scrutiny.

This article reviews a variety of communication challenges (visually impaired, hearing or speaking impaired, physically unable to sign, illiterate, non-English speaking) and recommends techniques to reduce the likelihood of these challenges playing a part in setting aside the testator's will.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 5

Keywords: wills, communication, blind, deaf, illiterate, estate planning, Illinois

JEL Classification: K11

Open PDF in Browser Download This Paper

Date posted: April 30, 2012  

Suggested Citation

Beyer, Gerry W., Preparing a Will for a Client with Communication Challenges (April 2012). Trusts & Estates (Illinois State Bar Association), April 2012. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2047803

Contact Information

Gerry W. Beyer (Contact Author)
Texas Tech University School of Law ( email )
1802 Hartford
Lubbock, TX 79409
United States
806-834-4270 (Phone)
978-285-7941 (Fax)
HOME PAGE: http://www.ProfessorBeyer.com
Feedback to SSRN

Paper statistics
Abstract Views: 613
Downloads: 80
Download Rank: 231,459

© 2016 Social Science Electronic Publishing, Inc. All Rights Reserved.  FAQ   Terms of Use   Privacy Policy   Copyright   Contact Us
This page was processed by apollobot1 in 0.172 seconds