People urged to draft a will

2019-09-25 06:01

South Africans are encouraged to consider drafting a legally binding will and seek legal assistance.

This follows findings by the Master of the High Court that more than 70% of working South Africans do not have a will.

The Master of the High Court intervenes in such cases by assisting to administer the estates of people who died without valid wills.

In the case of someone dying without a will, or if the will is found to be invalid, their estate will be administered in terms of the Inte­state Succession Act 81 of 1987, which can be a lengthy and emotional experience.

The annual National Wills Week was held from 16 to 20 September to help members of the public to draft a valid will.

Having a will enables someone to decide how their estate should be dis­tributed, helps to minimise any family feuds regarding their estate and ultimately also determines the “who, what, and when” of your estate.

A will also entitles someone to decide who will take care of their minor children. A will allows you to make an informed decision about who should take care of your minor children.

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