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Communtity Law Manual | Wills | Beneficiaries

Who’s who: executors and other key people


Who is a beneficiary?

A beneficiary is any person or organisation who is left anything under a will.

Wills Act 2007, s 13

Note: If a person is named as a beneficiary, they should not be a witness to the signing of the will. If they witness the will, they, and their spouse, civil union partner or de facto partner, will usually lose any entitlement under the will (see “Who can be a witness to the making of my will?” in this chapter).

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