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Who inherits if there is no will

Who inherits if there is no will?

Drafting a will is one of the most important things a person can do in his or her lifetime. When a person dies without a valid will, the distribution of his or her estate will be dealt with in terms of the Intestate Succession Act 81 of 1987, which means that the law dictates how […]

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The Administration of Deceased Estates

Many individuals are under the impression that if they state their wishes to their loved ones, family and friends that this is how their estate will be bequeathed. In reality however, if one dies without a will or “intestate”, there are a set “rules” that the law will apply to the estate of the deceased. […]

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They say there are only two certainties in life – death and taxes… wills and trusts 101

When browsing the internet or reading the newspaper, it is disturbingly easy to find spine chilling stories (of real life events), that illustrate the importance of having a professionally drafted will. This regardless of a person’s age or how much money you have. As a legal practitioner, I have heard on too many occasions, that […]

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The practical implications of testate and intestate succession

The basic difference between testate and intestate succession lies in having or not having a legally valid will. During a person’s lifetime he or she has absolute control of his or her estate and can therefore exercise any intention they wish to. However, after death the person no longer has this ability and therefore must, […]

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