CHAPTER 31:04
WILLS

ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS

   SECTION

PART I
Preliminary

   1.   Short title

   2.   Interpretation

PART II
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.

PART III
Wills Executed Outside Botswana

   8.   Interpretation

   9.   Application

   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]

PART I
Preliminary (ss 1-2)

1.   Short title

   This Act may be cited as the Wills Act.

2.   Interpretation

   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.

PART II
Wills Executed in Botswana (ss 3-7)

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