Wills Act 2007

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Wills Act 2007

Public Act2007 No 36
Date of assent28 August 2007
Commencementsee section 2


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


1 Title

2 Commencement

Part 1
Preliminary provisions

3 Purposes

4 Wills to which this Act applies

5 Act binds the Crown

6 Interpretation

7 Meaning of valid

8 Meaning of will

Part 2

Subpart 1Making, changing, revoking, and reviving wills

9 Persons who may make, change, revoke, and revive wills

10 Persons under 18 who agree to marry or enter civil union


11 Requirements for validity of wills

12 Witnesses

13 Witnesses affected by dispositions made to them

14 High Court may declare will valid

Changing, revoking, and reviving

15 Changes

16 Revocation

17 Revival

Effect on wills of marriages and civil unions starting and ending and will-makers dying

18 Effect on will of will-maker marrying or entering civil union

19 Effect on will of will-maker's marriage or civil union ending

20 Effect on will of will-maker dying

Subpart 2Administering wills

21 Disposition of land

22 Disposition of movable property

23 Disposition to child

24 Disposition to issue

25 Disposition to unincorporated association of persons

26 Disposition may encompass power of appointment

27 Disposition of property already partly disposed of

28 Disposition in fractional parts

29 Residuary estate

30 Mutual wills

31 Correction

32 External evidence

Subpart 3Military or seagoing persons

33 Definitions for this subpart

34 Military or seagoing persons may do informal testamentary actions

35 Oral informal testamentary actions

36 Proof of informal testamentary actions

37 Certificate as to application of this subpart

38 Modification of provisions in application to wills of military or seagoing persons

Subpart 4Transitional and
amendment provisions

39 Wills of persons who die before 1 November 2007

40 Wills made before 1 November 2007

40A Application of Wills Amendment Act 2012

41 Consequential amendments

Consequential amendments

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