• Current through October 23, 2012

A will, testament, or codicil is not valid for any purpose unless the person making it is at least 18 years of age and, at the time of executing or acknowledging it as provided by this chapter, of sound and disposing mind and capable of executing a valid deed or contract.

(Sept. 14, 1965, 79 Stat. 686, Pub. L. 89-183, § 1; July 22, 1976, D.C. Law 1-75, § 4(a), 23 DCR 1180.)


Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 18-102.

1973 Ed., § 18-102.

Legislative History of Laws

Law 1-75, the "District of Columbia Age of Majority Act," was introduced in Council and assigned Bill No. 1-252, which was referred to the Committee on Public Services and Consumer Affairs. The Bill was adopted on first and second readings on April 6, 1976, and April 20, 1976, respectively. Signed by the Mayor on May 14, 1976, it was assigned Act No. 1-116 and transmitted to both Houses of Congress for its review.