Is your will valid?

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Certified Financial Planner Paul Roelofse unpacks the checks and balances of validating a will.

Although the coronavirus pandemic has raised awareness of death, South Africa commemorates National Wills Week this week.

The Master of the High Court still estimates that 70% of South Africans do not have a legally enforceable will.

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In raising awareness of the importance of having a valid will so that a person’s affairs are in order when they die, Certified Financial Planner Paul Roelofse provides a list of what makes a will valid.

These are important points in making sure your will is valid.

Paul Roelofse, Certified Financial Planner

1: You must be 16 years of age or older and be mentally capable of making a valid will.

  1. You must sign your will at the end of the document. If it consists of more than one page, it must be signed at the end of each page.

  2. You must sign your will in the presence of two witnesses over the age of 14 who are qualified to testify in court.

  3. Witnesses should not benefit from the will. They therefore cannot be beneficiaries, executors or trustees.

  4. Witnesses must sign the will in the presence of you and each other.

  5. The will should be dated to ensure that the executor of your estate has a clear understanding of the last will.

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