Currently my husband is the Executor of an estate and I am assisting him with some of the preparation of records and e-mails and we are learning all the time. As said in my book at the top of page 56, when a person dies ALL his/her financial accounts and assets are immediately frozen. I have previously written that the Master of the High Court requires bank statements of the deceased bank account(s) as at the day of death. Continue reading
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Still waiting for my inheritance! “Why does the winding up of an estate, even where there is a Will, take so long”? is a question so many folk ask. Some are completed in a matter of months whereas others can … Continue reading
ID theft is growing very fast all around the world, especially as so much of our personal information is now digital. We are regularly asked to produce photocopies of our ID or Passport information or it is placed on to the digital system and stored ‘in the cloud’ making it easier for hackers to access. Continue reading
Although all of this is new information that we have learnt over the last couple of months I am putting it into a blog format rather than under the Tab of updates as it is a large amount of information on one particular subject – Executorship. Continue reading
In October last year I posted an article entitled “Keep those certificates” on my ideas website as it was considering certificates in general. This article looks at those needed post death. In recent weeks I have discovered more and more the importance of that statement. My youngest sister died in Dec last year and my husband is her nominated Executor. Continue reading
All those papers we accumulate to register various moments in our lives and confirming the steps we have taken on a daily basis are very important. They may be a nuisance as they take up a bit of space but if you do not have them when called for it causes a lot of problems. What papers am I talking about? Continue reading
This past Sunday morning, on my way to church, I was listening to the radio. The discussion was a description of what was happening in Qunu, Eastern Cape, the childhood home and now final resting place of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela. I am including his Xhosa name because it was only when he went to school that he was given the name Nelson by the teacher. All Black African children were given English names when they went to school even though the teacher may not necessarily have been English. The children were told that it was by the English name that they would be known in school. This was due to the strong British influence in South Africa and English was considered superior in every way. Local culture and traditions were not of any import. And so it was that this great leader came to be known as Nelson Mandela. Continue reading