Wie behoort ek as eksekuteur van my boedel te benoem?

Een opsie is om ‘n familielid soos die langslewende gade, as eksekuteur te benoem.  ‘n Ander is om ‘n buitestander soos ‘n prokureur, ouditeur of ‘n trust maatskappy van ‘n bank aan te stel en ‘n laaste opsie ‘n familielid en ‘n buitestander. Die voordeel daarvan om ‘n familielid te benoem is dat daardie familielid […]

Read more...

Who should I appoint as trustee of the trust for my minor children?

The trustees are the persons that manage and invest the trust assets and use them to the advantage of the beneficiaries nominated in the trust deed. It is obviously important to choose someone that you can trust. Expertise with respect to asset management is an advantage, but not a prerequisite as the trustees can still […]

Read more...

Who should I appoint as guardians of my minor children?

Most estate planners nominate their parents, a brother, a sister or a friend as guardians. In respect of parents their age is normally an important consideration. The guardians are the persons with whom the children grow up and who will take important decisions in respect of the children, such as which school the children should attend. […]

Read more...

Who should I appoint as executor of my estate?

One option would be to nominate a family member, such as the surviving spouse, as executor.  Another would be to nominate a third party, such as an attorney, an auditor or a trust company of one of the banks. The advantage of nominating a family member is that he / she can negotiate a fee […]

Read more...

When last did you check your will?

Most people do not like to think about death.  This is probably the reason why most people neglect to have their will revised on a regular basis.  This can lead to major problems. You should regularly check your will to ensure that it caters for: 1. Guardians and a trust with appropriate trustees for minor […]

Read more...

What should be in my will?

Although several standard wills exist and are used extensively, each testator’s or testatrix’s circumstances and intention differ from the next. It is therefore of the utmost importance to ensure that whoever drafts the will, has the necessary legal training and experience to do it properly Here is a list of items that are often overlooked […]

Read more...

What is a usufruct?

A usufruct is a limited real right entitling the holder thereof to have the full benefit and enjoyment of the property, in respect of which the usufruct is held, until the usufruct holder passes away or the right lapses after a specified time, where applicable. The usufruct holder is prohibited from selling the property without the consent […]

Read more...

What documents and information do I need to report a deceased estate?

The following information or documents should be taken along when you see your attorney to report a deceased estate: 1.     Original will 2.     Copy of identity document of deceased 3.     Copy of the identity document of the executor 4.     Proof of address of the executor not older than 3 months 5.     Death certificate of deceased […]

Read more...