ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS
1. Short title
Wills Executed in Botswana
3. Formalities required in the execution of a will
4. Wills made on active service
5. Competency to make a will
6. Witnesses cannot benefit under a will
7. Witnesses cannot be nominated as executor, etc.
Wills Executed Outside Botswana
10. General rule as to validity
11. Additional rules
Proc. 19, 1957,
Cap. 87, 1959,
L.N. 84, 1966,
Act 26, 1967,
Act 42, 1971,
Act 13, 1977.
An Act to amend and consolidate the law relating to the execution of wills.
[Date of Commencement: 1st May, 1957]
Preliminary (ss 1-2)
This Act may be cited as the Wills Act.
In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires-
"competent witness" means a person of the age of 14 years or over who at the time he witnesses a will is not incompetent to give evidence in a court of law;
"court" means the High Court of Botswana or any judge thereof;
"Master" means the Master of the High Court of Botswana;
"sign" includes in the case of testator the making of a mark but does not include the making of a mark in the case of a witness, and "signature" has a corresponding meaning;
"will" includes a codicil and any other testamentary writing.
Wills Executed in Botswana (ss 3-7)
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