Non-provision clause in Wills


What do members think of including a non-provision clause in a Will in addition to leaving a more detailed statement alongside the Will. I have heard arguments for and against including a clause on the face of the Will and would be interested to know what other members view as best practice?


My view is generally to let sleeping dogs lie.

There may be times when it can be sensible to explain it to the executors in a side letter (particularly if the will contains any sort of DT), but there’s always the risk of further incensing the disappointed beneficiary, leading them to fight harder in a claim than they otherwise would have. Ultimately that would come down to the testator’s view of what they think the disappointed beneficiary would be like.