National Wills Week will be held from 11 to 15 September 2017. During this week participating attorneys drafted basic wills free of charge.
Practising attorneys: Register to participate in National Wills Week 2017 - CLICK HERE
|Attorneys participating in National Wills Week:
Contact details for participating attorneys will be available the first week of August 2017
|View our 6-STEPS-TO-A-WILL infographic
||English infographic - view here.
|Western Cape attorneys
||isiZulu infographic - view here.
||Afrikaans infographic - view here.
|Eastern Cape attorneys
||isiXhosa infographic - view here.
|Free State attorneys
||SeSotho infographic - view here.
||Tshivenda infographic - view here.
||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:
|Gauteng, Mpumalanga, Limpopo, North-West
||Law Society of the Northern Provinces
||(012) 338 5800
|Western, Eastern and Northern Cape
||Cape Law Society
||(021) 443 6700
||Law Society of the Free State
||(051) 447 3237
||KwaZulu-Natal Law Society
||(033) 345 1304
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).