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The Communicationally Challenged Testator

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dc.contributor.author Beyer, Gerry W.
dc.date.accessioned 2011-03-29T14:06:48Z
dc.date.available 2011-03-29T14:06:48Z
dc.date.issued 2009-04
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10601/1285
dc.description.abstract 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.
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Estate Planning Developments for the Texas Professional
dc.relation.uri http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1415143
dc.subject Visually Impaired Testator en_US
dc.subject Testator Capacity en_US
dc.subject Hearing Impaired Testator en_US
dc.subject Speaking Impaired Testator en_US
dc.subject Physically unable to sign en_US
dc.subject Illiterate testator en_US
dc.subject Non-English Speaking Testator en_US
dc.title The Communicationally Challenged Testator en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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