Tips and Traps on Will Drafting


Good will drafting should be easy for the client to understand but, even more importantly, it should create a document that carries out the client’s wishes without ambiguity and uncertainty. This session will look at common problems and how to avoid them.

In particular it will look at:

  • Use of definitions
  • Layout
  • Substitutional gifts
  • Importance of planning
  • Defective drafting
  • RNRB issues
  • Drafting flexible life interests

Learning Objectives

After this training you will be able to:

  • identify and avoid drafting problems,
  • deal appropriately with will drafting problems arising from the RNRB
  • use good drafting techniques.



Professor Lesley King of the University of Law is co-author of Wills, Taxation and Administration: A Practical Guide; A Modern Approach to Wills, Administration and Estate Planning (with Precedents); A Practitioner’s Guide to Wills; Wills: A Practical Guide and editor of The Probate Practitioner’s Handbook. She is the wills and probate columnist for the Law Society Gazette, and writes and lectures extensively on wills, taxation and related matters.


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