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Apart from these elements, a will may be ruled invalid if the testator made the will as the result of , or mistake. It enables a person to select his heirs rather than allowing the state laws of descent and distribution to choose the heirs, who, although blood relatives, might be people the testator dislikes or with whom he is unacquainted.

Third, it must be clear that the testator intended the document to have the legal effect of a will.

If a will does not satisfy these requirements, any person who would have a financial interest in the estate under the laws of descent and distribution can start an action in the probate court to challenge the validity of the will.

In the end, the court ruled that the will was a forgery. Dummar's story later became the subject of the 1980 motion picture Melvin and Howard. When a person dies, the law of his domicile (permanent residence) will control the method of distribution of his personal property, such as money, stock, or automobiles.