This is the fourth edition of the book entitled, in former editions, Law of Succession: Student's Handbook and Introduction to the Law of Succession. The book is still primarily intended as a textbook for students in the law of succession. However, the nature of the book has changed to such an extent through its different editions that a more general title for this edition was considered justified. Since the previous edition a number of important developments in the law of succession have taken place, especially through case law. These include the influence of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996 (particularly the Bill of Rights) on freedom of testation, the extension of the application of the Intestate Succession Act 81 of 1987 and the power of condonation of the court at the execution, amendment and revocation of wills. The fourth edition aims at reflecting these and also other developments in the law of succession.