Wills to be drafted free of charge

By Drum Digital
23 August 2016

A chance to have a will drafted free of charge doesn’t come often. But as part of the National Wills Week, anyone can have this chance to do so between 12 to 16 September 2016

A chance to have a will drafted free of charge doesn’t come often, but as part of the National Wills Week, anyone can have this chance to do so between 12 to 16 September 2016.

Attorneys across the country will dedicate their time to participate in this project by helping those who need wills for free. A valid will would allow one to allocate property and assets to people whom they feel should inherit it, to appoint a guardian for their minor children or to appoint an executor for their estate.

According to the Law Society of South Africa (LSSA), it’s important to have a practising attorney draft your will because they have the knowledge and expertise to ensure that the will is valid by complying with all the legal requirements in the Wills Act and also that it complies with your wishes.

Co-chairpersons at the LSSA, Jan Janse van Rensburg and Mvuso Notyesi said in a statement that an attorney can also advise you on any problem which may arise with your will and assist your executor.

What you should take to the attorney for your will to be drafted

- Your ID document

- A list of what you own (including specific personal items that you wish to bequeath to specific people)

Before you go to the attorney, think about

- Who must get what?

- Who should be the legal guardians of your minor children?

- Who should be the executor of your will?

Attorneys participating in the Wills Week initiative will display posters with their contact details so that people can make appointments with attorneys in their area. And the contact details of all participating attorneys are available on the LSSA website.

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