By: Wahab Akinlade
Nigerians have been urged to ensure the drafting of their Will to conform with the laws of the state, to avoid crying from the grave.
A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Professor Babatunde Oni, gave this admonition at the 8th inaugural lecture at the University of Lagos.
The lecture was titled, “Crying From The Grave: Trust’s Resonance in Inheritance Tales.”
Addressing the gathering, Professor Oni, SAN, said that there was no doubt that people worked hard to acquire properties with little or no plan for what becomes of those properties when they die.
He explained that when a person dies, the properties that are left behind should be distributed to persons alive by way of succession or be managed by the Executors or Administrators, depending on whether a deceased dies testate or intestate.
Professor Oni emphasized that the fear of death results in an unplanned estate, with consequences such as hatred, litigation and destruction of family cohesion when the owner of the property is no more.
He said that the discussion sought not only to shed light on this deficiency but to strongly advocate for a legislative amendment that incorporates electronic Wills.
Subsequently, he recommended the adoption and recognition of Electronic Wills as Statutory Wills in the analysis of Nigeria’s legal landscape.