Re Ofner; Samuel v Ofner: 1909

Amongst other legacies to various nieces and a nephew, the testator gave a legacy ‘to my grandnephew Robert Ofner’ of andpound;100 and to another ‘grandnephew Curt Ofner’ of andpound;100. However he had no such grandnephew or other relative of the name of ‘Robert’ Ofner, but he had four grandnephews, Alfred Ofner and Curt Ofner, who was correctly so described in the will, Richard Ofner, a brother of Alfred Ofner, and Botho Ofner. It was proposed to put in evidence a memo randum in the testator’s handwriting that had been given by him to his solicitors as instructions for his will, in which the following words occurred: ‘to my grandnephew Dr. Alfred Ofner andpound;200 to his brother Robert Ofner andpound;100’. Held the document was admissible, not as evidence of intention, but to explain what the testator meant by ‘my grandnephew Robert Ofner.’
[1909] 1 Ch 60
England and Wales
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