All you need to know about a Deceased Estate.

Deceased estate information covers the subject of what happens to all the assets and personal items of someone who dies. Their home, car, savings and possessions?

According to the dictate of the deceased’s Will, their property and assets are distributed accordingly.

The Will is a specialised document and should be drawn up by an expert such as an attorney. However, anyone who is older than 16 years of age, can draw up a will.

For a Will to be valid, it must be written or printed. And the signature of the testator/testatrix must be found at the end of the document.

Two or more competent witnesses must sign in the presence of the one making the Will. If the Will is made up of more than one page, each page must be signed by the testator/testatrix.

Deceased estate Information – What if There is No Will?

Deceased estate informationOf course, there are many instances when the deceased didn’t leave a Will. The law makes provisions for such an event.

If there is no Will, your estate will devolve according to Intestate Succession – Act 81 of 1987.

What’s the Procedure to Follow after Death –

  • The estate of a deceased must be brought to the attention of the Master of the High Court. This must be within 2 weeks of the date of death.
  • Anyone who is in possession of any property belonging to the estate of the deceased must also come forward.
  • Estates of the deceased can be reported at all Magistrates’ offices.
  • You must complete Form J294 when reporting the event.
  • Depending on the value of the estate, the following documents may be required –
    Original death certificate
    The original Marriage certificate
    Signed Will
    A list of creditors of the deceased
    A certified copy of the ID of the person applying to be appointed

Still confused about Deceased estate Information?

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If you are lucky enough to inherit, the money will be paid either by means of a cheque to the person to whom the money is due. It can also be paid by means of an EFT deposit in the payee’s banking account.

Deceased estate administration is not for the faint hearted as it’s a lengthy, complex process where beneficiaries, as well as debtors and creditors, have to be all validated.

If it all sounds too overwhelming  for you, call Secure Legacy and know exactly where your money is bound after you’re no longer here.

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All info was correct at time of publishing