Making a valid will – what are the requirements?

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Updated 25 October 2019.

 Leaving a legally valid will effective under the law

Making a valid will is important to its effectiveness.  The word ‘valid’ in law means to be legally effective and having legal force.Who else needs to sign a will?

A will documents a person’s intentions for what they want to have happen when they die, see What is a will.  It contains their instructions on who is to inherit their property and how, who will administer its disposal and any preferred arrangements for their funeral.  If their intentions are to be legally effective, and ultimately put into effect, the will needs to be valid and comply with the legal rules.

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