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 […]