Is a British Will valid in a commonwealth nation? Particularly, as most were British colonies? Or did that change with Independences, when the nation became independent?
Dear Roselyn, According to a solicitor friend of mine who is based in Melbourne the answer is yes. But there is a caveat to this. I can put you in touch if you wish.
If you see the Colonial Probates Act, this lists the Countries in which you can reseal the UK Grant (with the Will). If this is not possible, then generally so long as the Will is valid (Brussels IV may have to be considered) where and when it was Executed, that Will will cause a fresh Grant to obtained in the Country concerned. Strangely, most independent Commonwealth Countries still use the Colonial Probates Act. Your sincerely, Peter Double / Probate Resealing Services