It was sad and sobering to learn of the death of the Australian soldier in the cold American wilderness recently. As a mother of four young men, I cannot imagine the terrible anguish his parents and family must have felt over the last few weeks, and will no doubt live with for the rest of their lives.

It was saddening, too, to read the report that in a last email to his dad the soldier allegedly made a statement to the effect that he wanted his dad to have all his things.

This email will cause complexity in the administration of this soldier’s estate. If probate of the estate is required, this document will at least need to be disclosed and it may even be subject to an application that the court waive the usual execution requirements and admit the email to probate as the will.
All of this will cause the family additional distress and uncertainty at a time when they must be suffering