If the person has never written a will before, then it must be in writing in ink (unless they are a soldier in battle in which case it can be pencil), signed by the person making the will in the presence of two witnesses who must also sign.
The witnesses must not be beneficiaries or spouses or civil partners of beneficiaries.
It does not necessarily have to be dated.
If the document does not comply with those requirements then the person dies under the rules of intestacy although any beneficiaries under the rules of intestacy or any other beneficiaries for that matter can decide to distribute a deceased person’s estate, however they wish, provided they all agree.
Therefore, if all the family are in agreement with this document, and just go along with it. No problem with that at all.
If he has no parents alive and no spouse, then by default everything goes to his 2 children in any event. So it would seem that if that’s what he wanted, the piece of paper is actually irrelevant because that’s what would happen anyway for under the rules of intestacy.
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