Is a handwritten Will legal in South Africa?


Yes, a handwritten Will is legal in South Africa. However, there are a few requirements that need to be met.

    • The person drafting the Will:

      • has to be sixteen (16) years or older;

      • may be the Testator/Testatrix;

      • may not be anyone who has been specified in the Will (i.e. the Executor, Trustee, Heir or Legatee[s]) or their spouses.

    • The Will should be legible and free of any errors.

    • The Will should be signed by the Testator/Testatrix and two independent witnesses.

We recommend that you contact one of our Testamentary Consultants who can advise on aspects of your Will that you might not have known to consider.