A will in order, will eliminate family feud

2018-10-10 06:04

“Do you have a will, when last have you updated your will, who will inherit your property and other assets when you die?”

Those are among the unpleasant questions that you may not be thinking about, but it is crucial.

The response was highlighted by the Department of Justice following realisation of internal fights among families regarding inheritance.

In a press release regarding National Wills Week from 17 to 21 September, Boitumelo Boshupeng of Legal Aid, admitted on how almost all have come across a situation where either our own family or another has fights due to the inheritance of assets left behind by their dearly departed.

National Wills Week is an annual event that encourages the public to draw up wills for free and to get answers to all the questions in that regard.

Greenpoint in Kimberley was among the areas identified by the Department of Justice and its partners to bring free advice and assistance with drafting a standard will to avoid any potential internal family instability in the future which may arise due to the absence of a will.

Legal experts of private law firms and state legal entities offered the service of drafting wills primarily to the elderly members of society for that week.

The Law Society of South Africa and ProBono.Org came highly recommended to help any member of the public by drafting a will at no cost.

Boshupeng said that other organisations or entities such as the Masters of the High Court and Legal Aid South Africa can give further assistance as to how one can draft a valid will.

  • “All private and public legal partners develop initiatives such as the National Wills Week to educate people on the importance of these documents so that more families and loved ones will be in a better position to take care of assets which are left behind by those who are no more,” he said. For more information on having a will drafted or advice by an expert attorney, the community are encouraged to contact:

Masters of the High Court or visit http://www.justice.gov.za/master/contacts.htm.

The Law Society of South Africa is also available at http://www.lssa.org.za or ProBono.Org at http://www.probono.org.za/

One can also call Legal Aid South Africa on 080-011-0110 or visit http://www.legal-aid.co.za/selfhelp/?p=340

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