One out of ten Hungarians do not have a will, and those people who wish to write one are not familiar with the rules, the chamber of Hungarian public notaries (MOKK) said in a statement on Tuesday, citing results of a recent, online survey.
In their statement, the chamber warned of a number of misbeliefs and said for example that two-thirds of the respondents thought that a spoken pledge could replace a written will.
According to the chamber, more and more people approach an expert when they want to make will, but still there are “too many wills worded at home and hidden in drawers, many of them containing errors”.
The chamber also warned that depositing a will with a public notary does not guarantee in itself that the document is valid.
The survey was made on a sample of 500 adults.