- Are there any fees payable to register, or search for a Will
- Why register a Will?
- What are the potential consequences if I omit to register my Will?
- What information will be made available using our search function?
- Will SARWT treat my information as private?
- What information do I need to register my Will?
- Who can register a Will?
- My loved ones know where my Will is stored; do I still need to register?
- Is it necessary to inform anyone that I registered my Will?
- What information is required to search for the existence and location of a Will?
- Can anyone verify if I made a Will?
- What does it mean if there is no record of a Will in the SARWT database?
- I registered my Will but has since amended and/or made a new Will, the details differ from what are previously registered on the SARWT website, what now?
- I don’t have a Will!
- What is a Will?
- Why extend the Will Register to include organ donor status?
By registering you will ensure that your Last Will and Testament are discovered at the time of your passing as the existence and location details of your Will are recorded in a central database affording your loved ones and those tasked with administering your estate easy access to vital information concerning your Will.
Registration will safeguard your wishes as expressed in your Will, directing distribution of your assets and will necessitate exclusion of the provisions of the Intestate Succession Act.
The existence of your Will may be overlooked at the time of your passing and your intended heirs will not receive the inheritance you intended for them.
A preceding and outdated Will may be discovered and regarded as your Last Will and Testament not making provision for subsequent life events such as the birth of further children and/or grandchildren, divorce of acquisition of a business.
In the event that your Will is not located at the time of your passing, It may be assumed that you never made a Will. This will result in your estate being administered in accordance with the rules of intestate succession to the potential detriment of your loved ones. For more information regarding intestate succession please refer to our useful information section.
Your loved ones could not be taken care of in the manner you intended and family disputes may arise.
As Testator/Testatrix, your surname and initials together with the date and location of your Will as well as the contact details of your Executor will be made available but only when your surname and matching identity number are entered in the search function on the SARWT website. We do require your email address as Testator/Testatrix for registration purposes but that is never disclosed.
Please note that we have expanded our Will Register to incorporate the existence, contact and location details of a person's "Living Will" in the case of a medical emergency.
Our register also provides for the Testator's/Testatrix's Organ Donor Status.
In order to "Register a Will" on the SARWT website, we require the following administrative details:
• Full Names, Surname, Identity Number, Date of Birth and Email Address.
• Please note no other personal information is required.
• The email address provided in never made available.
• The email address is utilised to send a generic email confirming registration on the SARWT site.
• First Executor, Name, Contact Number and Email Address.
• Is a Second Executor appointed? (if yes, same details as above).
• Original Will Dated, Kept at, Contact Person, Contact Number and Email Address.
• Does a Living Will exist?
• If Yes, Date of Living Will, Kept at, Contact Person, Relationship, Contact Numbers and Email Address.
• Second Contact? (If yes, same details as above, preferably of someone not living with you).
Organ Donor Status
• Organ Donor: Yes or No or N/A (not unavailable at time of registration).
You or a third party acting on your behalf may register your Will. The registration form does allow for "Registrant Details" in the case of registration by a third party.
Registration is free!
There is no prejudice in registering your Will.
Registration will ensure that your Will does not go undiscovered and will promote legal certainty providing you and your loved ones with peace of mind.
Consider the following: “My mom never would have….. there has to be a another last Will and Testament!”. By registering you will create certainty, preventing potential family disputes concerning your last wishes, confirming that the Will in question is in fact your last Will and Testament.
Life is unpredictable with change being the only constant! What if you make a new Will or amend the existing one, appoint another executor or move your Will to another location for safekeeping and omit to inform your loved ones?
All you need is the person’s name, surname and matching identity number. Provided he/she has registered a Will on this site, you will instantly have the date the Will was made, its location and the contact details of the executor nominated in the Will.
No, only persons that have your surname and matching identity number will be able to verify the existence and location of your Will via the search function on the SARWT website provided your details have been registered. Please take note that only the administrative details of your Will are recorded, the contents remain private.
It may indicate that a Will has not been registered in this database or that you did not enter the correct surname and/or matching identity number.
It is imperative that you register the details of your new and updated Will via the Edit function on the SARWT website! Once your amended details are recorded, a complete registration history will be available in subsequent searches. Remember the onus is on you to provide up to date information.
A Will is a crucial document as it reflects your wishes as to how your assets should be distributed on your passing. If you do not have a Will, it is strongly recommended that you to rectify the situation without delay by having a Will drafted. Your Auditor, Attorney, Broker or any of the Financial Institutions can assist you in this regard.
Please refer to “Will” in our Useful Info section.
The SARWT Will Register does not serve as a competing database to that of the Organ Donor Foundation. We have included “organ donor status” in our database for the sole purpose of drawing attention to the plight and daily challenges faced by the Organ Donor Foundation. Please click here to access the Organ Donor Foundation’s register.
It is important to note that in the case of a potential organ donation, the Organ Donor Foundation should be contacted.