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Can the parents-in-law of a beneficiary witness a Will without invalidating the gift to the beneficiary?

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Last updated on 06/07/2017

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  • Can the parents-in-law of a beneficiary witness a Will without invalidating the gift to the beneficiary?
  • Valid witnesses

Can the parents-in-law of a beneficiary witness a Will without invalidating the gift to the beneficiary?

This Q&A covers the position in relation to the validity of a gift to one particular beneficiary and does not consider the formal validity of Wills generally.

Valid witnesses

If a beneficiary, or their spouse or civil partner, witnesses the Will, the gift to that beneficiary is void. However, the Will itself would remain valid and operate as if that beneficiary had predeceased the testator.

It is important to consider not only the beneficiaries of legacies and residuary gifts under

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