What is the difference between a mutual will and a mirror will?


A mirror will is where two people each write a will which directly mirrors the other’s. For example, the couple could appoint each other and another person as their executors and would each leave everything to the other.

A mutual will is much more rare in practice. It is the same as a mirror will except for the fact that it restricts the survivor of the two testators’ from changing his/her will after first death. The couple are locked into an agreement amongst themselves and neither of them are able to change the will when the other dies.


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