France Trust Law Holds that Text Message Cannot Amend a Binding Will

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Recent news reports of a landmark ruling in a French case whereby a court affirmed that French occupants will not be able to change their wills by text. The report gave an example of a man who, while going through a separation with his wife, messaged his sister to state that he wished for their mother and not his wife to be the recipient of his estate.

A court in Metz, France held that a will can only be valid and binding only when it had been handwritten, dated and signed as per Article 970 of the French Civil Code.