A court in Australia has ruled that a draft message left by a man who committed suicide last year is valid as a will. The unsent message, which was on the drafts section of the phone, was accepted as an official will.
The message left on the phone was addressed to his brother and says that he gives all that he has to his brother and nephew. The man committed suicide last year and the message was found shortly after his death.
A will on an unsent text message is not common and the court had to take a look at it to see if it could be accepted. The Brisbane Supreme Court ruled that the text showed that the man was using it as his will. In the unsent message, he also gives details on how to access his bank account and where to find the money hidden in the house.
The unsent text message was never sent but had important information that convinced the court that the man was using it as a will. The man’s wife was looking to receive his assets and she argued that the message was not valid because it was never sent, according to ABC News.
It was probably the first time that a will had been left on an unsent message but the court ruled that the man intended to use that as his will. The majority of the wills are written and in his city, they have to be signed by two witnesses. The wording also helped as the message ends with the words my will. In the message, he also asks for his ashes to be put in the back garden.
Eleven years ago, the city changed its law to allow other documents to be accepted as wills. Justice Susan Brown said the informal nature of the draft message did not stop it from revealing what the man wanted.