Does a trust deed require initials and or signatures on all pages to be legally valid?

Question Details: I have a trust document that has 17 pages in total and only the last page has signatures. There are no signatures or initials on any of the other pages. I believe that this document is open to being changed or altered. Does a trust deed require initials and or signatures on all pages to be legally valid?

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No, a document creating a trust does not need to have initials or signatures on all pages to be legally valid.

There are various ways to create a trust, and not all trusts need to be in writing. If the trust has been created by deed, as you mention, then the deed must be correctly signed by the trustees of the trust and all signatures must be witnessed in accordance with section 9 of the Property Law Act 2007 (legislation.govt.nz) to be legally valid. There is no requirement that each page is initialled or signed. If you have other concerns about the deed, we suggest that you get advice from a lawyer. Click here to look for a trusts lawyer in your area: www.propertylawyers.org.nz.

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