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WILLS ACT


TABLE OF PROVISIONS

           Long Title

   PART 1--PRELIMINARY

   1.      Short title  
   2.      Commencement  
   3.      Definitions  
   4.      Purpose  
   5.      Application of Act  

   PART 2--CAPACITY AND FORMAL REQUIREMENTS

           Division 1--Capacity

   6.      Property that may be disposed of by will  
   7.      Minimum age for making will  

           Division 2--Execution of wills

   8.      How wills should be executed  
   9.      Witnesses need not know the contents of what they are signing  
   10.     When Court may dispense with requirements for execution of wills  
   11.     Persons who may not be witnesses to wills  
   12.     Can interested witnesses benefit from dispositions under wills?  

           Division 3--Revocation, alteration and revival of wills

   13.     How wills may be revoked  
   14.     Effect of marriage on wills  
   15.     Effect of divorce etc. on wills  
   16.     How wills may be altered  
   17.     How wills may be revived  

   PART 3--WILLS MADE OR RECTIFIED UNDER COURT AUTHORISATION

           Division 1--Wills made by minors

   18.     Court may authorise wills by minors  

           Division 2--Wills for persons without testamentary capacity

   19.     Court may make certain orders regarding persons without testamentary capacity  
   20.     Leave of Court is required to make application  
   21.     Court must be satisfied as to certain matters  
   22.     Orders Court may make on application for leave  
   23.     Application for authorisation of making etc. of will  
   24.     Execution of will  
   25.     Retention of will or instrument  
   26.     Recognition of statutory wills  

           Division 3--Rectification of wills by Court

   27.     Court may rectify will  

   PART 4--CONSTRUCTION OF WILL

   28.     What interests in property do wills dispose of?  
   29.     When do wills take effect?  
   30.     Effect of failure of dispositions  
   31.     Use of extrinsic evidence to clarify wills  
   32.     Effect of change in testator's domicile  
   33.     Income on contingent, future or deferred dispositions  
   34.     Beneficiaries must survive testator by 30 days  
   35.     What do general dispositions of property include?  
   36.     What do general dispositions of land include?  
   37.     Effect of devise of real property without words of limitation  
   38.     How dispositions to issue operate  
   39.     How requirements to survive with issue are to be construed  
   40.     Dispositions not to fail because issue have died before testator  
   41.     Construction of dispositions  
   42.     Legacies to unincorporated associations of persons  
   43.     Can persons delegate, by will, power to dispose of property?  
   44.     Effect of referring to valuation in a will  

   PART 5--WILLS UNDER FOREIGN LAW

   45.     Definition of internal law  
   46.     General rule as to formal validity  
   47.     Ascertainment of system of internal law  
   48.     Construction of the law applying to wills under foreign law  
   48A.    Part does not limit international wills provisions  

   PART 5A--INTERNATIONAL WILLS

   48B.    Definitions  
   48C.    Application of Convention  
   48D.    Persons authorised to act in connection with international wills  
   48E.    Witnesses to international wills  
   48F.    Application of Act to international wills  

   PART 6--DEPOSIT OF WILLS WITH PRESCRIBED PERSON

   49.     Prescribed person  
   50.     Will may be deposited with prescribed person  
   51.     Delivery of will by prescribed person  
   52.     Examination of will by prescribed person  
   53.     Failure to retain will does not affect validity of will  

   PART 7--MISCELLANEOUS

   54.     Persons who are entitled to see will  
   55.     Personal representative may make maintenance distribution within 30 days  
   56.     Regulations  
   57.     Repeal  
   58.     Savings  
           SCHEDULE
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