Witnessing the Execution of a Will
On 10 March 2015, Australia acceded to the Convention Providing a Uniform Law on the Form of an International Will 1973 (International Will Convention). All Australian states and territories have passed legislation to give effect to the convention. Australian consular or diplomatic officers cannot witness International Wills. An Australian legal practitioner or Australian Notary Public must witness an International Will drawn up in Australia. To create one overseas, it must be drawn up under the laws of the foreign country. The Australian Consulate-General, Geneva can provide a list of local English-speaking lawyers.