After 10 years of successful private practice, Refqah merged her firm with STBB in 2008. Based at STBB's Claremont branch, Refqah specialises in all aspects of property law, administration of deceased estates, estate planning, wills and Islamic wills. These areas of expertise have led Refqah to be appointed as the national head of STBB's Estates, Wills and Trusts department. She is a trustee of the Women’s Property Network (WPN) Educational Trust and former chairperson of the SAPOA Western Cape Council. Refqah is married to design architect Imraan Ho-Yee. They live in the southern suburbs with their two sons and Imraan's older son and daughter.

Thought of the Week | Can a video recording operate as a valid will in South Africa?

There is no precedent on the validity of video wills in South Africa. In order for a will to be valid and accepted by the Master of the High Court in this country, it has to comply with the requirements of the law of succession and specifically the Wills Act of 1953 including, but not limited to, the requirement that it must be duly signed by the testator as well as by two or more competent witnesses present at the same time.

In some international jurisdictions (such as New South Wales, Australia, and in a few states in the United States of America) the issue of the validity of video wills has come before their courts and some rulings have held that in certain situations and provided specific requirements are met, video wills may be accepted as a valid last will and testament of a deceased person. It therefore appears that international jurisdictions are gradually adapting, their courts navigating the interaction between law and technology.

The importance of having a written and validly executed will remains paramount in South Africa, notwithstanding the possibility that video wills may be approved by courts in times to come.

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