Legal firms to write free wills for one week

2015-08-31 09:56


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PIETERMARITZBURG attorneys will draft free basic wills during National Wills Week from September 14 to 18.

The Law Society of South Africa (LSSA) said it was important to have a valid will drafted by a professional.

A will allows people to state their last wishes, who should inherit their assets and property, to appoint an executor of their choice for their estate, and also a guardian for minor children.

“If you were married, divorced or widowed recently, or you have started cohabitating with your partner or have bought new property, you must have a will,” said the society’s co-chairpersons Busani Mabunda and Richard Scott.

Similarly, unmarried persons — particularly those who may have a number of people and extended family depending on them financially — should ensure they have a will in place, as several people could make a claim on their estates.

If a person dies without leaving a valid will, their assets will be distributed according to the provisions of the Intestate Succession Act.

These provisions ensure that possessions are transferred to spouses and children, and, where applicable, to siblings and parents.

However, these may not be given to the people of the dead person’s choice.

•Austen Smith; contact Prakashnie Dayanand on 033 392t0555

•Keshrina Mahabeer Attorneys; contact Keshrina Mahabeer on 033 342 0863

•AP Ngubo andamp; Associates; contact Phindile Ngubo on 033 342 3308

•PC Barnard Attorneys; contact Paula on 033 342 4228

•Hay and Scott Attorneys; contact Rayne Burns on 033 342 4800

•Russell Becker Inc; contact Chris Breytenbach on 033 342 4802

•Subhash Maikoo andamp; Associates; contact Rochelle Khan on 033 342 7173 / 4

•Hendry, Merton Inc; contact Russell Merton on 033 343 5160

•Asad Ameen andamp; Company; contact Natasha on 033 345 1319

•AK Essack Morgan Naidoo andamp; Co; contact Prebhashini Naidoo on 033 345 2304

•Lister andamp; Lister Attorneys; contact Natashia Pieters on 033 345 4530

•Cajee Setsubi Chetty Inc; contact M Cajee on 033 3456719

•Hogarty Attorneys; contact Nozipho on 033 347 0034

•Nicholson andamp; Hainsworth Attorneys; contact Brett Nicholson on 033 347 2280

•Venns Attorneys; contact Althea Perez on 033 355 3221

•A.G. Jenkins Attorneys; contact Renell Solomon on 033 3862509

•Hlengiwe Zondi andamp; Associates; contact Hlengiwe Zondi on 033 394 2525

•Legal Aid SA; contact Raguvhu Madzhiye on 033 394 2190

•Pretorius Du Plessis Incorporated; contact Marlene Lexow on 033 394 2392

•Mastross Incorporated; contact Narisha Singh on 033 394 5828

•Ravina Maharaj andamp; Associates; contact Ravina Maharaj on 033 811 5251

•Stowell andamp; Co Inc; contact Lara Whitehead on 033 845 0500

•J Leslie Smith andamp; Company Inc; contact Charlene Lloys-Ellis on 033 845 9700

•Sinanin Naidoo Attorneys; contact Shalina Sinanin Naidoo on 072 367 1099

•SG Nzimande Attorneys; contact Sibani Greatman Nzimande on 081 397 7866

•H Mung-Lee andamp; Associates; contact Harshna on 082 301 5984

•Viv Greene Attorneys; contact Megan Gillett on 033 342 2766

In order for your will to be drafted, you will need to take these to the attorney:

•Your ID document.

•An asset list and the approximate value (including specific personal items that you wish to bequeath to specific people).

•Who must get what?

•Who should be the legal guardian of your minor children (those under 18)?

•Who should be the executor of your will?

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