October 14, 2021

Deceased’s document not considered a valid will, despite clear wishes

The Wills Act sets out the requirements for a valid Last Will and Testament. For a will to be valid, it must be signed and witnessed. What happens if the wishes of the deceased are clear, but the document does not meet the requirements of a valid will? This was the heart of the matter in Estate Late Elaine Ilsia Williams and Others v Hendricks and Another, heard in the Western Cape High Court. In this matter, the close relations of the deceased sought an order directing the Master of the High Court to accept as a will for the […]
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