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Acceptable Age For Making Of Wills In Nigeria

Only adults can make “WILLS” in Nigeria, so any WILL made by a none adult is not valid

Acceptable Age For Making Of Wills In Nigeria.

By Onyekachi Umah, Esq., LLM. ACIArb(UK).

While people are encouraged to make”Wills”, not everyone in Nigeria is allowed to make a “will”. A “WILL” can be made by any adult and it is made to guide, manage, share and protect his/her property after his/her death according to his/her wishes.

Only adults can make “WILLS” in Nigeria, so any WILL made by a non adult is not valid. Although, persons not up to the stipulated age for making WILLs, who are Seamen or Mariners while at sea but not members of the Nigerian Navy are allowed to make valid “WILLS” as well as crew members of commercial airlines while on air.

The stipulated age for making “WILLS” in Nigeria is 21 years under the Wills Act but 18 years under equivalent state laws across states in Nigeria.


1. Section 7 of Wills Act,

2. Section 3 of the Wills Law, Lagos State,

3. Section 6 of the Wills Law Kaduna State,

4. Section 5 of Wills Law Abia State,

5. Section 5 of Wills Edict of Oyo State and

6. Page 234 of Property Law Practice in Nigeria by Y.Y.D Dadem.


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