A tribunal of Australia has accepted an unsent draft of a text message to a dead man on the mobile phone as an official.
The 55-year-old man had composed a text message addressed to his brother, in which he gave “everything I have” to his brother and nephew.
The message was found in the drafts folder in the man’s phone after he took his own life last year .
Brisbane, the Supreme Court ruled that the wording of the text indicates that the man intended to act as your will.
In the message, the man gave details of how to access your account and bank where he had hidden the money in his house.
“Put my ashes in the back garden,” he wrote. “A little bit of cash behind the TV and a little in the bank.”
According to ABC News, the wife of the man applied to the management of its assets, and argued that the text message was not valid because it was never sent.
Normally, for a will to be valid in Queensland, must be in writing and signed by two witnesses.
Justice Susan Brown, said that the drafting of the text of the message, which ended with the words “my will”, showed that the man intended to act as his will.
“The reference to his house and retirement and its specification that the applicant has to make their own things indicates that he was aware of the nature and extent of his estate, which was relatively small,” she said.
She said that the “informality” of the message does not leave that represents the man’s intentions, especially as it was “created at or about the time that the deceased was contemplating death, in such a way that even he indicated that he wanted his ashes to be placed”.
In 2006, the law in Queensland was changed to allow the less formal of the types of documents to be considered as a will.
Another funny are accepted in Queensland includes a DVD with the brand name “my will”, in 2013.