Couwenbergh v Valkova: ChD 16 Oct 2008

Challenge to admission of will to probate.
Held: The presumption of due attestation of a will had not been rebutted.


Blackburne J


[2008] EWHC 2451 (Ch)




England and Wales


See AlsoCouwenbergh v Valkova CA 27-May-2004
The deceased’s family lived in Europe. The defendant had moved in as tenant and had become confidante and friend over many years. A will had been prepared leaving everything to the defendant. That will had been challenged alleging incorrect . .
See AlsoCouwenbergh v Valkova CA 28-Jan-2005
The will was challenged as to its due execution. Statements had been produced that the two witnesses had not been present when the will was signed, but those witnesses now said that they and not signed the statements.
Held: The evidence met . .

Cited by:

CitedAhluwalia v Singh and Others ChD 6-Sep-2011
The claimant challenged the validity of the will, saying that it had not been validly attested, the two witnesses not being present at the same time despite the attestation clause saying they had been.
Held: The challenge succeeded. . .
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Wills and Probate

Updated: 19 July 2022; Ref: scu.276958