Creating a valid will is the only way to ensure your assets are disposed of exactly as you wish after you die. Yet so many people never create one. While the processes and language associated with willmaking may sound complex, a basic will is all that most people need. Below, in simple English, we’ve explained the fundamentals of creating a will – and even provided a template for drawing up a basic one.

A model will

Last updated

1 July 2020

THIS IS THE LAST WILL OF (insert your name) of (insert your address) 

1 I REVOKE all wills and other testamentary dispositions that I have previously made.

2 I APPOINT (insert executor’s name and address) and if he/she predeceases me or, having survived me, refuses or is unable to act, I appoint (insert executor’s name and address) to be the executor and trustee of this will.

3 I GIVE everything I own, wherever such assets may be, to (insert name and address) absolutely provided that
he/she survives me by 30 days.

OR (if you want to give different things to different people)

3 Before distributing the gifts listed below, I direct my executor to pay all my debts, funeral and testamentary expenses, and all government duties that might be payable as a result of my death.

a I GIVE (insert gift) to (name and address) provided he/she survives me by 30 days. (Repeat for each specific gift.)

b I GIVE everything else that I own, wherever any such assets may be, to (insert name and address) provided
he/she survives me by 30 days.

OR I GIVE everything else I own, wherever any such assets may be, to those of my children who survive me by 30 days and who reach the age of 18 years and, if more than one, as tenants in common in equal shares.

4 I APPOINT (insert name and address) to be the guardian of my child(ren) until they reach 18 years of age.

DATED (insert date will signed)

SIGNED by the willmaker in the presence of us both (both of us being present at the same time)

_______________________________                    _______________________________

signature of first witness                                                   signature of second witness

(Each witness should provide their name, address and occupation next to their signature, and use the same pen as the willmaker when signing the will.)

Note: This is an example of a simple will only. Professional assistance should be obtained if you have more complex requirements.

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