2. How many witnesses are required for a valid Will?
Under Section 78 of the Succession Act, it is necessary for two witnesses to fulfil the legal requirement for a valid Will. The Testator (the person making the will) does not have to execute their Will in front of two witnesses – Section 78 subsection 2 allows the person making the Will to sign by themselves without two witnesses being present and then later bringing to the attention of the witnesses that it is their signature on the Will.
In circumstances where a Will could be subject to a challenge, it is always advisable that two witnesses are present.
When clients are executing their Wills, we always make sure that two members of our staff are always present to witness the signing.
All information and all contents of the Will is kept private and confidential, and all clients can be secure in that knowledge.