Reprint as at 1 March 2017

Coat of Arms of New Zealand

Wills Act 2007

Public Act
 
2007 No 36
Date of assent
 
28 August 2007
Commencement
 
see section 2
Note

Changes authorised by subpart 2 of Part 2 of the Legislation Act 2012 have been made in this official reprint.

Note 4 at the end of this reprint provides a list of the amendments incorporated.

This Act is administered by the Ministry of Justice.

Contents

1Title
2Commencement
3Purposes
4Wills to which this Act applies
5Act binds the Crown
6Interpretation
7Meaning of valid
8Meaning of will
9Persons who may make, change, revoke, and revive wills
10Persons under 18 who agree to marry or enter civil union
11Requirements for validity of wills
12Witnesses
13Witnesses affected by dispositions made to them
14High Court may declare will valid
15Changes
16Revocation
17Revival
18Effect on will of will-maker marrying or entering civil union
19Effect on will of will-maker’s marriage or civil union ending
20Effect on will of will-maker dying
21Disposition of land
22Disposition of movable property
23Disposition to child
24Disposition to issue
25Disposition to unincorporated association of persons
26Disposition may encompass power of appointment
27Disposition of property already partly disposed of
28Disposition in fractional parts
29Residuary estate
30Mutual wills
31Correction
32External evidence
33Definitions for this subpart
34Military or seagoing persons may do informal testamentary actions
35Oral informal testamentary actions
36Proof of informal testamentary actions
37Certificate as to application of this subpart
38Modification of provisions in application to wills of military or seagoing persons
39Wills of persons who die before 1 November 2007
40Wills made before 1 November 2007
40AApplication of Wills Amendment Act 2012
41Consequential amendments
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