National Will Register SARWT

South African

Registry of Wills and Testaments

Welcome to the South African Registry of Wills and Testaments' website. SARWT operates an online National Will Register where the administrative details of a person’s last will and testament, including living will details and organ donor status, can be recorded on an online searchable database.

FamiliesThe aim of the National Will Register is to serve as a central online record where the administrative details of wills and testaments may be obtained once recorded. We offer members of the public and professionals free and open access to the will register to collaborate as social partners in the SARWT public interest initiative. The contents of a person's will remain private as the terms are not recorded nor do we accept wills.

Most people do not know whether their loved ones have executed a will, where the original might be kept or who has been nominated to wind up the financial affairs of the deceased. This is the very issue SARWT endeavours to address.

Register today and have peace of mind that your last will and testament will not be overlooked at the time of your passing.

Register a will 9K

  • Have peace of mind that your loved ones will be able to find your last will and testament.
  • By registering your will you will ensure that your estate is not administered in accordance with the laws of intestate succession or perhaps an outdated or revoked will.
  • Registering your will is free, quick and easy.
  • When you register your client wills your details as executor will be readily available to the deceased's beneficiaries. 
  • For more information on registering a will please see Register a Will - Info

  • Full names,  identity number and email address of the testator/testatrix (person who made the will).
  • Name, email address and contact number of the executor.
  • Date and location particulars of the original ill.
  • If a iving will has been executed, contact and location details.
  • Organ donor status of the testator/testatrix.
  • For detailed information please click here.


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National Wills Week - The Law Society of South Africa (LSSA) has a yearly initiative called "NATIONAL WILLS WEEK" where participating attorneys will draft basic wills free of charge. Please note that only new wills will be drafted i.e. no amendments to existing wills. For more information please visit the LSSA.


Visit our Useful Info section for legal jargon explained, further information on the administration of deceased estates, links to South African legislation on the topic and other related information.

Search for a will 9K

  • Establish whether a will is registered on this site in a few easy steps.
  • Obtain the name and contact details of the executor and establish where the will is held.
  • Instantly verify when the will was executed.
  • As a community service, searching for a will on this site is free.
  • All that is required to conduct a search is the surname and identity number of the person that executed the will.
  • For more information please see Search for a Will - Info


"This will in deed be of huge benefit to members of the public and deceased estate law practitioners alike. We so often find that clients are unable to assist the practitioner with the details of the deceased and the whereabouts of the will. With this platform those stumbling blocks will be removed and lead to the expeditious reporting of deceased estates...." 

To read more, please refer to our  TESTIMONIALS section.


ProBono.Org provides a free legal service to impoverished and vulnerable individuals and communities by accessing the probono services of the private legal profession. High quality professional legal assistance is rendered, thereby extending access to justice to those without the resources to pay. ProBono.Org runs two projects that specifically deal with succession issues. These are:
•    The Wills Project; and
•    The Masters’ Office Legal Clinics
Please click here
to view the full ProBono.Org article.


The Organ Donor Foundation of South Africa (ODF) is a non-profit organisation established in 1988 with the aim of addressing the critical shortage of organ and tissue donors in South Africa through awareness and education campaigns aimed at the public and medical professionals.
Tel: 0800 22 66 11 (toll free, 9am - 4pm, Mon. to Fri.)
Please click here to view the full  ODF article.