The Most Special Way to Donate – Through Your Will

Have you considered donating a sum of money, unused items, or a percentage of your estate to a local charity in your will? Charities and non-profit organizations do so much good and vital work for local communities. They often rely heavily on private donations. These organizations help to fill the gaps in providing for and […]

The Gravity of Major Life Changes Like Divorce

Having a valid Will in place is an essential part of an effective estate plan. However, it is also essential to ensure that your Will is regularly updated to reflect major life changes. One of the most commonly occurring life changes is divorce. Legally, divorce or the annulment of a marriage has the potential to […]

3 Practical Steps to Ensure Effective Estate Planning in 2024 and Beyond

Have your Will drafted (or updated) by a professional The first, most essential step in your estate planning journey is to ensure that you have a valid Will in place. In South Africa, a valid Will determines who your beneficiaries will be and how your estate will be distributed when you pass away. Having a […]

FISA South Africa: Why It Is Important To Have A Registered Professional Assigned to Your Will

FISA Registered Professionals

Assigning FISA (Fiduciary Institute of Southern Africa) registered professionals to handle your Will adds a layer of expertise and professionalism to the estate planning process. Here are several reasons why it’s important to involve FISA-registered professionals: FISA Legal Expertise FISA-registered professionals, such as fiduciary practitioners, estate planners, and trustees, have undergone specialised training and education. […]

Protecting Your Unborn Beneficiaries: The Nasciturus Fiction

The South African law relating to a deceased person’s estate, and who their beneficiaries will be, is set out by legislation. If a person dies testate, or having left a will, their beneficiaries will be named in the will and the guiding statute will be the Wills Act 7 of 1953. If a person dies […]

What Are the Legal Requirements for a Valid Will in South Africa?

An essential part of an effective estate plan includes having a will drafted by an experienced professional to ensure that it meets all the legal requirements and is valid. The Wills Act 7 of 1953 sets out the specific requirements that a will must meet to be valid in South African law. The requirements for […]

Destroying or Forging a Will: Criminal Offences in the Administration of Estates Act

The Administration of Estates Act 66 of 1965 sets out the procedures that must be used in administering a deceased estate such as applying for the letters of executorship, acting as an executor, advertising an estate, compiling a liquidation and distribution account, dealing with claims against an estate and distributing the estate to beneficiaries. Section […]

Dying Without A Will: Intestate Succession in South Africa

When a person dies in South Africa without leaving a valid will, the Intestate Succession Act 81 of 1987 will come into operation. The Act determines who will inherit the estate of a person who died without leaving a will or who died leaving a partially or fully invalid will. When someone dies without leaving […]