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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:

  1. be at least 18 years old and above,
  2. be of sound mind,
  3. act on free will and understand the nature of a will and its effect,
  4. 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:

  1. be in writing,
  2. be signed by the testator,
  3. 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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