The testatrix had executed her will, but the will was dependent upon deeds of gift first taking place. The will was only later dated, once the deeds had been put into effect.
 EWCA Civ 531
England and Wales
Cited – Otter v Church Adams Tatham and Co ChD 1953
The plaintiff was sole administratix of her son’s estate. He had died on active service intestate. She claimd negligence on the part of the solicitors, saying they were in breach of their duty to exercise care and skill as solicitors, having failed . .
Cited – White and Another v Jones and Another HL 16-Feb-1995
Will Drafter liable in Negligence to Beneficiary
A solicitor drawing a will may be liable in negligence to a potential beneficiary, having unduly delayed in the drawing of the will. The Hedley Byrne principle was ‘founded upon an assumption of responsibility.’ Obligations may occasionally arise . .
Appeal from – Corbett (As Administrator of the Estate of Miss N A Tresawna (Deceased)) v Bond Pearce (a Firm) ChD 25-May-2000
The testatrix had executed her will, but it was left undated pending preparation and execution of a second deed. The will failed, and her executors sought damages from her solicitors for negligence. . .
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Professional Negligence, Wills and Probate
Updated: 23 May 2022; Ref: scu.135244