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Harmless error rule allows use of ‘de facto will’ (access required)

Virginia lawyers have had a tool to validate wills that fail to meet the strict requirements of authentic­ity for almost nine years. Lawyers report increasing use of what has been called the “harmless error rule” for wills that don’t quite live up to the old probate standards.   ‘De facto wills’ possible Legislation signed into law in 2007 ...