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    Coincidentally, this week is National Wills Week (or "Free will" week) at many participating attorneys in South Africa. A list of participating attorneys who will do your will for free can be found on the website of the "Law Society of South Africa" https://www.lssa.org.za/our-initiatives/advocacy/national-wills-week But many other attorneys who didn't send their names through will still do it for you.
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    No - basically the executor will consolidate your estate (ie. he/she will get an attorney to search for all your accounts and policies using your ID number) and will combine these into a trust account. Then your will will say how to divide the total. No need to specify details. You can usually just say "30% to X and 70% to Y" unless, of course, you have personal items that you want to go to someone in particular, then you can specify those. Many attorneys (conveyancers in particular) will actually do a will for free without expecting anything in return. They may just suggest that " One day if you sell your house you can nominate me as the transferring attorney" or something along those lines. Most people will feel loyalty towards that particular attorney because they do/regularly update your will for free. In essence, you can actually do your will yourself, but it will only be valid at the Masters office (when it is executed) if it complies to all the procedural rules. These include stuff like that the witnesses must be identified in the will and be traceable and other technicalities like this, since there is a lot of scope for fraud with wills (because there are usually many versions of a will and only the most recent one applies, so the Master has to verify that you actually did the will.) If anybody contests the will, the witnesses must be traceable and swear that they signed the will etc. This is to protect the rights of the deceased. Thus it is in your best interest to contact an attorney.Tell them you want to appoint family members as executors. It should usually cost you anything between free (minimum) and R1000 maximum.
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