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 […]

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 […]