Why should you have a will?

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If a person passes away without a valid will, the estate will be wound up according to the laws of Intestate Succession in terms of the Intestate Succession Act, 81 of 1987, which stipulates how assets are distributed and it may not necessarily be in accordance with your wishes.

Should you reside with your partner to whom you are not married, the law of intestate succession may not recognise your ‘common-law’ spouse as the beneficiary of your estate if you haven’t left a will naming him/her as beneficiary.

A will is essential for all, especially in the case where you have minor dependents. In this case, you should consider nominating someone with parental rights in order to ensure that your children are cared for. You may want to consider making provision for the protection of minor heirs by setting up a testamentary trust.

In terms of your will, you need to appoint an executor to administer your estate according to the provisions of your will, who shall be responsible to act in the best interest of your heirs. Failing which, the Master or your heirs may nominate an executor to administer your estate.

What should you consider when preparing or amending your will?

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  • You should always seek expert and professional advice when you want to draft or review you will.
  • Attempting to draft a will yourself, could result in the will being invalid, or could cause consequences after your death that you may not have intended.
  • Keep your will up to date by revising it regularly.
  • Identify heirs or legatees clearly by full names, relationship and identity number (or birth date) to avoid possible ambiguity.
  • Should you bequeath a legacy (a specific asset to specific heir), describe it clearly.
  • Ensure that you understand each and every provision in the document and that the will accurately reflects your wishes.
  • It is advisable to include an alternate heir in your Will. If you do not nominate alternate heirs, your intestate heirs will inherit your estate.
  • Notify interested parties, family and friends that you have prepare a will and advise them who you have nominated as your executor and direct them to notify your executor immediately in the event of your death.
  • The whereabouts of your Will (Nordien Law Incorporated can hold the original document for you for a nominal annual fee).


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1. Simple individual will R800,00
2. Simple Joint Will R1 000,00
3. Individual Will incorporating Testamentary Trust provisions R1 200,00
4. Joint Will incorporating Testamentary Trust provisions R1 400,00
5. Joint Will containing detailed heirs and legatees R1 200,00


  • The above prices exclude VAT, are applicable to online submissions only and does not include consultation with an attorney.