LSSA National Wills Week 2022 registration now open

July 1st, 2022
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The Law Society of South Africa (LSSA) would like to inform all legal practitioners that the registration for the 2022 LSSA National Wills Week initiative, which will be held from 12 to 16 September 2022 is currently open. Registrations will close on Friday, 8 July 2022.

National Wills Week is now an established highlight among the profession’s social outreach and access to justice initiatives. This is thanks to the thousands of attorneys who participate by giving generously of their time and skills. National Wills Week has also attracted increasing coverage in the media, as well as support from major stakeholders.

The aim of the LSSA National Wills Week campaign is twofold, namely to –

  • position attorneys as the premier providers of wills and estates services to the public, and to improve the image of the profession generally; and
  • encourage members of the public who would not normally make use of the services of an attorney, or who may hesitate to approach an attorney, to consult an attorney to have a basic will drafted.

How does the LSSA National Wills Week work?

Your firm will be provided with free, trilingual posters in the language combination of your choice to publicise your participation. Provision is made on the posters for your firm’s contact details.

Your firm will be listed as a participating firm on the database of participating firms on the LSSA’s website.

A national media campaign will be launched early in August. All media and publicity material will invite members of the public to consult the LSSA website for the contact details of participating firms.

What is expected from you as a participating firm?

  • The firm will draw up basic wills free of charge.
  • The firm will provide an explanation of the importance of having a properly and professionally drafted will to the client.
  • You may not insist that you are appointed as the executor of the estate.
  • You must give the client a copy of their will.
  • You will not be expected to redraft or amend existing wills for free, nor will you be expected to draft complex wills involving trusts, etcetera.

For more information, and to register and visit the LSSA’s website at www.LSSA.org.za.

 

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This article was first published in De Rebus in 2022 (July) DR 3.

 

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