A will is a legal document that outlines how a person's assets and property should be distributed after their death. In India, the laws related to wills are governed by the Indian Succession Act, 1925.



A will is a legal document that outlines how a person's assets and property should be distributed after their death. In India, the laws related to wills are governed by the Indian Succession Act, 1925.

Key Provisions

Some of the key provisions related to wills in India are as follows:

  • Capacity to make a will: Any person who is of sound mind and who has attained the age of majority (18 years) can make a will.
  • Formalities for making a will: A will must be made in writing and signed by the testator (the person making the will) or by someone else at the direction of the testator. The will must also be attested by two witnesses who must sign the will in the presence of the testator.
  • Revocation of a will: A testator can revoke a will at any time during their lifetime by destroying or cancelling the will, or by making a subsequent will that revokes the previous will.
  • Registration of a will: Registration of a will is not mandatory under Indian law, but it is advisable to register a will to avoid any disputes or challenges to the validity of the will.

Essential Clauses

Some of the key clauses that may be included in a will are:

  • Appointment of an executor: The testator can appoint an executor to manage the distribution of their assets after their death.
  • Distribution of assets: The testator can specify how their assets should be distributed among their heirs, including the percentage of assets to be distributed to each heir.
  • Bequests: The testator can leave specific assets or bequests to particular individuals or charities.
  • Guardianship of minor children: If the testator has minor children, they can specify who will be appointed as the guardian of their children after their death.

Registration - is it compulsory?

No, it is not compulsory to register a will in India. According to the Indian Succession Act, of 1925, a will can be made in writing, and it can be either registered or unregistered. However, registering a will is advisable to avoid any disputes or challenges to the validity of the will. Registration of a will involves depositing the original will with the office of the Sub-Registrar, along with the prescribed fees. The Sub-Registrar will verify the identity of the testator and the witnesses, and after ensuring that the will has been executed as per the required formalities, will register the will. The advantage of registering a will is that it creates a legal record of the existence of the will and its contents, which can help in avoiding disputes among the heirs after the testator's death. Moreover, a registered will is considered a more authentic document than an unregistered will, and hence, it can be given more weight in a court of law if there is a dispute over its validity. However, it is important to note that even an unregistered will is legally valid as long as it has been executed in compliance with the formalities prescribed by the Indian Succession Act, of 1925.

Registration Process

To register a will in India, you need to follow these steps:

Prepare the will
The first step is to prepare the will in writing, following the formalities prescribed under the Indian Succession Act, 1925. The will should be signed by the testator and attested by two witnesses.
Visit the Sub-Registrar's office
The next step is to visit the office of the Sub-Registrar of Assurances in your locality along with the original will and two witnesses. The Sub-Registrar is a government official who is authorised to register wills.
Pay the registration fees
You need to pay the registration fees as prescribed by the state government. The fees may vary depending on the value of the property and the state in which the will is being registered.
Verify the identity of the testator and witnesses
The Sub-Registrar will verify the identity of the testator and the witnesses. You need to carry your identity proof documents such as Aadhar card, passport, or driving licence for this purpose.
Sign the register
The Sub-Registrar will enter the details of the will in a register maintained by the office. You and the witnesses will be required to sign the register.
Receive the registration certificate
Once the registration process is complete, the Sub-Registrar will issue a registration certificate to you. This certificate is proof of the registration of the will.

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How can LAWYASA assist?

Lawyasa is an online legal platform that provides assistance in drafting and delivering a will in India. Here's how Lawyasa can assist you:

  • Visit the Lawyasa website: Go to the Lawyasa website (www.lawyasa.com) and select the 'Will' service.
  • Fill in the questionnaire: Lawyasa will provide you with a questionnaire that you need to fill in with details such as your name, address, details of your assets, beneficiaries, and executors.
  • Consult with a lawyer: Once you have filled in the questionnaire, you will be connected with a lawyer who will review the information provided by you and offer legal advice on how to proceed with the drafting of the will. You can discuss your concerns and queries related to the will with the lawyer.
  • Drafting of the will: Based on the information provided by you and the legal advice given by the lawyer, the will is drafted. The draft will be shared with you for review and feedback.
  • Finalization of the will: After incorporating your feedback, the final version of the will is prepared.
  • Delivery of the will: Lawyasa can assist you in getting the will registered by connecting you with a lawyer who can assist with the registration process. The registered will can be delivered via courier or downloaded from the Lawyasa platform.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can I disinherit my child through a will?

Q: Can I make changes to my will after it is executed?

Q: Can a will be challenged in court?

Q: Can I leave my property to a non-relative through a will?

Q: Can I make a joint will with my spouse?

Q: What happens if I die without making a will?

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