Is an unwitnessed trust deed still valid?

Although the case law is somewhat unclear, the conservative position is that an unwitnessed trust deed is invalid because it has not been duly executed. The case law suggests that a deed needs to be witnessed and signed contemporaneously for it to be valid.

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