How To Make A Valid Will In Malaysia
How to make a valid will in Malaysia, you might ask. Firstly, a will need not be stamped nor sealed under the law in Malaysia.
A “Do It Yourself” (DIY) will is doable for someone who owns a small estate and wants a rather simple and straight forward will. Nonetheless, it is important to take note on the requirements and formalities for a will to be valid in Malaysia.
For a will to be valid in Malaysia, the testator must:
- be at least 18 years old and above,
- be of sound mind,
- act on free will and understand the nature of a will and its effect,
- understand and be able to recollect the extent of his property as well as the people who might be expected to benefit from his estate.
Further, the will must:
- be in writing,
- be signed by the testator,
- be witnessed by two witnesses (above the age of 18) who will then sign in the presence of the testator and in the presence of each other.
A will should contain:
- the details of the testator such as the name and address,
- appointment of at least one (but not more than four) executor(s),
- a revocation clause to revoke the former will or codicil,
- list of assets and states the respective beneficiary(ies),
- a residuary clause, disposing of the remainder of the estate (without a residuary clause, the assets not specifically mentioned in the will will be distributed according to the Malaysian Distribution Act 1958),
- the date,
- the signature of the testator as well as the two witnesses, and
- the attestation clause.
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