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Some useful information for Expats and Investors in Cape Verde

Making a Will in Cape Verde

Cheryl Thomas - Monday, September 15, 2014
Example 1: Making a Will in CV - Experience of one investor on Sal - by S.B.

As I own a property in CV, I was advised to make a 'Will' in Cape Verde. I have made a Will in the UK, all very simple, a quick visit to a Solicitor, read it, sign it, job done, and at a reasonable cost of around £40. Not so straightforward or cheap in CV. My Will had to be translated into Portuguese and sent to the Notary in Espargos. Then myself and 3 witnesses had to go to the Notary with my passport, where the contents of my will had been handwritten in a Book of Wills, which had to be translated and read back to me, then I and the 3 witnesses had to sign the official book. All for a cost of 400 Euros. Expensive, but worth doing for peace of mind.
 Hope this info is of help. Regards SB

Example 2: Making a Will in CV - Experience of one expat using the Cartorio Office in Santa Maria to make her will - Nov 2015

Registry of documents and a 'Will' - Santa Maria - Cape Verde

Some information has been provided by one expat about a new registry office that opened some months ago in Santa Maria. Sheena wrote: Go to the Registry beside Hotel Pontao. It cost 13,500 escudos to process your Will (around 130 euros). You need a copy of your passport, Residency if you have one and your NIF number. You need 2 witness and a photocopy of their passport and their NIF number. If you do not speak Portuguese, you need a translator, he/she must not be one of your witnesses, with a photocopy of their passport and their NIF number. You then write up your will in Portuguese and give them all of this and pay. They re-write it and then call you in to go over it and to sign. NOTE: Everyone needs to bring their passport. This part can take between 1-2 hours. After that you wait 5 days then come back and pick up your Will.

You no longer have to go to Espargos for much of your paper work, you can do it at the office in Santa Maria.

The use of a 'Translator' may cost extra. You may also want to make inquiries about other services they provide.

Others may still want to use a Lawyer (Advogado) to process a 'Will' which may cost a bit more.

TIP 1:  If you would like to make enquiries in English about forms and the type of documentation that is processed at the Cartorio in Santa Maria we have provided an email contact address for Telma Silva. However, if emails do not get answered you will probably need to visit the office in person. Email : Telma Silva:
TIP 2:
If you have to go to the Notory in Espargos you should be respectfully dressed in the following fashion: 
Ladies and gentlemen should not wear shorts or vests.
Gentlemen should wear long trousers and a shirt with sleeves.
Ladies should wear a dress or blouse and knee length skirt or blouse and long trousers.One gentleman who went to his lawyers office just before going with them to the Notory to have his Will legalised was informed at the Lawyers office that he should go and buy a long length pair of trousers to change into instead as his knee length chino tailored trousers as they were not acceptable. Photo of knee length chino's below (and his lags lol), but not funny as he couldn't do the will that day they told him to re-arrange another meeting (and come back in long trousers):

Registered User commented on 15-Sep-2014 12:05 PM
Another couple told me they were paying another lawyer on Sal Island 575 euros to have their Will legalised, translated and processed with the Notory while they were on Sal in September 2014.

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