Man contemplating precise wording in his will

Mr. Hicklin died and in his will he left his brothers his business assets and the residue of his estate. He left his “home” to his two daughters.

Everyone agreed that “home” meant his house and the land it sat on but questions arose about who should get the contents of the garage which happened to contain four motorcycles, a motorcycle trailer and a truck.

The Court of Appeal decided that home did include the garage and all of its contents as well as all of the contents of the house.

The lesson from this decision is that you need to use very precise wording in your will to avoid disagreements and possible litigation after you die.

Deborah Todd Family Law Victoria
Deborah A. Todd