mutual wills
wills made by two persons who, in pursuance of an antecedent agreement, leave their estates reciprocally to the survivor. In English law, either will may be revoked during the joint lifetimes of the testators, but equity will specifically enforce the mutual wills agreement (thereby effectively making revocation by the survivor impossible) after the death of one of the parties.

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.


mutual wills
Wills made by spouses or an unmarried couple that have identical or nearly identical provisions. For example, a husband and wife might make mutual wills that leave each person's property to the other or to the couple's children. Also called mirror wills and reciprocal wills.
Category: Wills, Trusts & Estates → Wills

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

mutual wills
n.
   wills made by two people (usually spouses, but could be "partners") in which each gives his/her estate to the other, or with dispositions they both agree upon. A later change by either is not invalid unless it can be proved that there was a contract in which each makes the will in the consideration for the other person making the will.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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