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Signing a will, having it witnessed – who can be a witness & what is required?

WitnessThe legal formalities to make a valid will require the will-maker to sign their will in the  presence of at least two people, acting as formal witnesses to the event.  Signing a will in front of witnesses fulfils a protective function. Can anyone witness or attest the signing of a will? And what must they do ?

Intestacy rules – who is entitled to inherit?

AdelaideIf you die without leaving a will you are said to die “intestate”. In the absence of instructions left in a valid will, who will inherit your property? Succession law contains strict rules to deal with this problem.

Making a valid will – what are the requirements?

Updated 26 October 2020.

valid will, making a valid will, what is a valid will,Leaving a legally valid will effective under the law

A will documents a person’s intentions for what they want to have happen when they die. To make a legally valid will means complying with all the prescribed legal requirements. Making a valid will according to law is important to its effectiveness.    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.