Wills, Trusts and Estates

  • National Wills Week
    National Wills Week will take place from 26-30 October 2020
  • You need a Will
    Far too many South Africans die every year without leaving a valid will, causing unhappiness, confusion and disputes among family members; and delays and extra costs for the deceased’s estate. LexisNexis therefore supports the Law Society of South Africa (LSSA)’s National Wills Week initiative, which will take place from 16 to 20 September 2019.
  • A valid Last Will and Testament
    As we head into the yearly commemoration of National Wills Week in South Africa, it is significantly imperative to educate one’s self on the importance of having a Last Will and Testament in place as well as what the consequences for family  members or unmarried life partners would be if their loved ones passed on without a will or with an outdated will not reflecting their true and updated beneficiary wishes prior to death.
  • Invalidity and failure of a will
    The freedom of a testator to dispose of the whole or any part of his estate as he pleases is not absolute and there are several instances under which a will may be invalid in whole or in part from the moment of its execution or fail, in whole or in part when his estate is wound up.
  • Requirements for a valid Will
    Before discussing the requirements of a valid will bear in mind that only someone who is sixteen years old or more and mentally capable of appreciating the nature and effect of his act at the time of making the will, is competent to do so (Section 4 of the Wills Act, 7 of 1953).
  • What is a Will
    The most basic definition of a will (“Last Will and Testament”) is that it is a formal, signed, written document, in which a testator voluntarily sets out his instructions in unambiguous terms as to how his assets are to devolve following his death.
  • What to consider
    The most important reason for having a will is to ensure that the wishes and instructions of a testator regarding his estate are properly carried out after his death. Many of us will not leave behind complex or complicated estates, or even estates of high monetary value.