Validating an Invalid Will 2023 – Navigating s.14 of the Wills Act 2007 - 9 August 2023 (On Demand)


A practical guide

  • The High Court may declare an invalid will as valid even though it does not comply with the requirements under s. 11 of the Wills Act 2007.
  • There are 3 parts to s. 14 of the Wills Act – this webinar will look at the mechanics of each part, along with judicial interpretation of the wording in each part.
  • The webinar will also review case-law developments to date with a focus on common trends in both validation and non-validation cases;
  • We will look at the application process, evidentiary requirements, procedure and documentation;
  • We will review feedback from the judiciary on issues they have seen with s.14 applications;
  • We will discuss law firm best practice when it comes to getting wills signed in a timely manner;
  • We will look at developments overseas & possible future changes to the legislation in New Zealand, including wills written on social media, and other digital devices.

This webinar is suitable for all Trusts and Estates practitioners.

A practical webinar designed to give participants a solid understanding of the mechanics of s. 14 of the Act, together with an overview of the application process, extensive coverage of case-law developments, and key trends since the Act was passed.


9 August 2023


  • You will gain an appreciation of the types of documents that may be validated as a will under s. 14 of the Act.
  • You will understand the mechanics of s.14 of the Act, including the evidentiary requirements.
  • You will learn how to make an application under s.14 of the Act, including the documentation to file.
  • You will gain an insight into case-law developments with both validation and non-validation of wills and the trends, including judicial interpretation of key words in the section.
  • You will gain an understanding of some of the common issues that the judiciary sees with s.14 applications.
  • You will gain an appreciation of best practice in this area, including how to manage and prevent a build-up of unsigned wills.
  • You will gain some insight into how similar legislation has developed in overseas jurisdictions, particularly with the increase in electronic documents, social media etc.


This webinar is suitable for all Trusts and Estates practitioners.


Ala Sonti, Senior Associate, McVeagh Fleming.

1.5 CPD Hours

  • On Demand Event
    • $215.00 excl. GST
    Complete online in your own time (Self-paced)
    • $215.00 excl. GST

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