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On some documents they require a witness to sign. What is the point of this? Just added security that it's less likely 2 people would lie?

  • Just added security that it's less likely 2 people would lie? That is the point of any evidence, including witnesses. – Patrick87 Dec 4 '15 at 5:31
  • This is a little unclear...are you saying the 2 signatures are to allow things to continue forward if one dies? – Pat W. Dec 14 '15 at 2:53
  • @PatW. no, just a witness – Guy McG Dec 14 '15 at 2:54
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Generally a witness only witnesses the fact that X signed the document; they do not witness the content.

The primary purpose is to make it very hard for X to argue that they didn't sign. However, some documents (affidavits, statutory declarations, certain types of contracts etc) are required to be witnessed to be valid.

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