Potter v Potter: FdNI 5 Feb 2003

The testator’s capacity to make his will was challenged. He had lived alone without electricity, but his doctor said he was known to him and was ‘with it’. Evidence from a member of staff at the solicitor’s office supported the doctor’s description.
Held: There was no evidence of undue influence, and the testator was of sound mind and capacity and he had made a disposition precisely along the lines which he wished to make.

Gillen J
[2003] NIFam 2
CitedArthur v Bokenham 1708
Supervening insanity will not revoke a will made when the testator was of sound mind. . .
CitedRe H (Mackenzie Friend: Pre-trial Determination) 2002
The presumption in favour of permitting a Mackenzie friend is a strong one. . .
CitedBanks v Goodfellow QBD 6-Jul-1870
Test for Capacity to Execute Will
The testator suffered from delusions, but not so badly or in such a way as was found to affect his capacity or to influence his testamentary disposition. The judge had given the following direction: ‘The question is whether . . the testator was . .
CitedO’Connell v Shortland 1989
Supreme Court of South Australia – The mere eccentricity of a testator is not sufficient to avoid the will. . .
CitedIn the estate of Wallace, dec’d; Solicitor of the Duchy of Cornwall v Batten and Another 1952
The deceased shortly before his death wrote and signed a statement called his ‘Last wish’ which provided that certain persons were to have all his property. His instructions were embodied in a will which he executed just before he died. The will was . .
CitedCharles Harwood v Maria Baker PC 1840
The Board emphasised the importance that the Court of Probate should be satisfied that a testatrix had the necessary capacity when she executed the will if the evidence showed that she had lost capacity shortly afterwards. The infirmity of the . .
CitedBuckenham v Dickinson ChD 1992
The testator was very old, partially blind and deaf. A next door neighbour who had great advantage of long experience in old peoples’ homes, indicated that the testator was of such poor sight and hearing that he was virtually cut off from everything . .
CitedIn re Simpson Deceased; Schaniel and Another v Simpson and Others ChD 1977
Templeman J reminded solicitors of their duty to ensure the satisfactory execution of a will: ‘In the case of an aged testator or a testator who has suffered a serious illness, there is one golden rule which should always be observed, however . .
CitedKenward v Adams ChD 29-Nov-1975
The court set out certain precautions which might be taken by a solicitor drawing up a will for an aged testator or one who has been seriously ill. One such precaution was that if there was an earlier will it should be examined and any proposed . .
CitedBoyse v Rossborough HL 1857
In order to set aside the will of a person of sound mind, it is not sufficient to show that the circumstances attending its execution are consistent with hypothesis of its having been obtained by undue influence. It must be shown that they are . .
CitedHall v Hall 1868
Even a reprehensible placing of pressure on a testator will not always be undue influence so as to avoid the will: ‘To make a good will a man must be a free agent. But all influences are not unlawful. Persuasion, appeals to the affection or ties of . .
CitedCraig v Lamoureux HL 1920
The House considered the facts to be established before a will could be set aside as having been obtained by undue influence. Viscount Haldane said: ‘As was said in the House of Lords when Boyce v Rossborough (1856) 6 HLC 2, 49, was decided, in . .
CitedWingrove v Wingrove 19-Nov-1885
To establish the presence of undue influence it is not enough to establish that a person has the power to overbear the will of the testator. It must be shown that the will was a result of the exercise of that power
Sir James Hannen said: ‘To . .

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Updated: 05 January 2022; Ref: scu.180254