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The Wills Act, 1953 (Act N0. 7 of 1953)

Here are some of the important laws regarding estate matters.  Always consult with your attorney if you are uncertain about legal matters, especially when it comes to something as important as your will.  Keep your will up to date and make sure your beneficiaries know where to find your will.  You may register certain details about your will with Willsafe and even have us store your will and other important documents.  If you already have a will with a service provider, you may register these details with Willsafe so that your beneficiaries will know where to look for your latest will.  If your latest will can not be found, any other will of the latest date may be accepted by the master of the court.  If no will is found, intestate succession is usually declared.  Please read the South African legal stipulations pertaining to estates and wills and contact us if you have any questions.

South African Law relating to estate matters

The Administration of Estates Act 1965 (Act No. 66 of 1965)

Intestate Succession Act, 1987 (Act No. 81 of 1987)  

Companies and Trusts

Converting to or including trusts is an effective way to transfer assets once you nominated trustees and beneficiaries to take over the asset after your passing.  This is especially effective if you run a business or have real estate which you would like your beneficiaries to be able to hold onto.

Qualified Executors

You may appoint your own executors or you can appoint Willsafe members to be your executors.  You may even appoint Willsafe to be co executor of your estate.

Legal Assistance

Willsafe employ a large number of legal professionals and have several members to advise you on legal issues pertaining to your will.  As registered client you qualify for free advise up to the value of R 500.  Beneficiaries of your estate will also receive legal advise where applicable at a reduced fee.

Online Forms

Herewith a selection of free online forms such as Lasting POA's, Trust and CC registration forms or links to  relevant websites.  Please see if your form is listed.  If not please contact us for further assistance.

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