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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.

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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 take years.

A friend tells me that his mother’s estate has stagnated for 11 years as there is a dispute about a piece of land. The local municipality claims there are outstanding rates but the family have proof that the municipality bought the land some years before his mother died. Having spoken to lawyers, banks and accountants it would appear that the average time is around a year.

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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.

I have been a victim of ID theft and it is not funny. Even though the persons who used my information did not open accounts or do any shopping in my name, they used it to obtain Social Grants illegally. To read more about this go to my Ideas & Social Justice site.

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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.

My youngest sister died in December 2015 and she had nominated my husband, Trevor, as her Executor. He is neither and attorney nor an accountant but in his role as Executor he will ensure that her wishes as sated in her Will are carried out correctly. Where a person has named another as Executor but that person is neither a lawyer nor an accountant, it is extremely important that it is stated in the Will, that the nominated Executor has “powers of assumption’. This means that s/he will approach a lawyer or an accountant for assistance, which we have done.

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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.

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