Tasks of the Executor

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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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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?

Birth certificates, marriage certificates, death certificates, Identity documents, car purchase agreements, TV licences etc, etc. In the last week I know of 2 people who have had to dig some of these out to allow for action to be taken.

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mandela

 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

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I often wonder if declared progress in the medical field is always good.  There is no doubt that people live longer these days and much of that is due to better medical care as well as better knowledge of healthy lifestyles.  But when people have aged beyond the stage of when they are alive but not living and/or they are being kept alive by artificial means, is that really progress?

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