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National Wills Week

National Wills Week was held from 12 to 16 September 2016. During this week participating attorneys drafted basic wills free of charge. The LSSA thanks all the attorneys listed below who participated in this initiative.

Attorneys participating in National Wills Week View our 6-STEPS-TO-A-WILL infographic
Gauteng attorneys  English infographic - view here.
Western Cape attorneys  isiZulu infographic - view here.
KwaZulu-Natal attorneys  Afrikaans infographic - view here.
Eastern Cape attorneys  isiXhosa infographic - view here.
Free State attorneys SeSotho infographic - view here.
Limpopo attorneys  Tshivenda infographic - view here.
Mpumalanga attorneys  Xitsonga infographic - view here.
North West attorneys   
Northern Cape attorneys  

Why must you have a will?

By making a will you ensure that your assets are disposed of in accordance with your wishes after your death. This privilege is called "freedom of testation".

Why should an attorney draft your will?

Attorneys are professionals qualified in law. An attorney can advise you on any problem which may arise with regard to your will. An attorney has the necessary knowledge and expertise to ensure that your will is valid and complies with your wishes.
Often a will is not valid because the person who drafts it does not have the necessary legal knowledge to ensure that the requirements of the law are met.

What happens to your estate if you die without a valid will?

If you die without leaving a valid will, your assets will be distributed according to the provisions of the Intestate Succession Act. The provisions of this Act are generally fair and ensure that your possessions are transferred to your spouse and children.
BUT, the following problems may arise if you die without leaving a will:

  • Your assets may not be left to the person of your choice.
  • It can take a long time to have an executor appointed. The executor who is appointed may be somebody you may not have chosen yourself.
  • There can be extra and unnecessary costs.

There can be unhappiness and conflict among members of your family because there are no clear instructions on how to distribute your assets.

For more information, for assistance, or to check whether an attorney is in good standing - contact the relevant provincial law society:

Region Law society Telephone Contact Person
Gauteng, Mpumalanga, Limpopo, North-West Law Society of the Northern Provinces (012) 338 5800 Hester Bezuidenhout
Western, Eastern and Northern Cape Cape Law Society (021) 443 6700 Thergesari Roberts
Free State Law Society of the Free State (051) 447 3237 Jacoline Pretorius
KwaZulu-Natal KwaZulu-Natal Law Society (033) 345 1304 Patty Forbes-Milne

National Wills Week is a joint initiative of the six constituent members of the LSSA (the Cape Law Society, the Law Society of the Free State, the KwaZulu-Natal Law Society, the Law Society of the Northern Provinces, the Black Lawyers Association and the National Association of Democratic Lawyers).