A deceased estate comes into existence when a person dies and leaves property which then has to be administered and distributed. This can either be done in accordance with the deceased’s will or, if the deceased did not leave a will, in accordance with the provisions of the law. The Administration of Estates Act, 1965, prescribes the procedure to be followed for administering a deceased estate.
The estate of a deceased person must be reported to the Master of the High Court within 14 days of the date of death. The death can be reported by any person who has control of any of the deceased’s property or who is in control of the deceased’s will.
The process of reporting the death and registering the deceased’s estate requires the completion of a range of documents and careful adherence to the applicable procedures. If these aspects are properly dealt with, delays in the winding up and distribution of the deceased’s estate can avoided.
This interview and advice session provides you with e step-by-step guide for the reporting of the death and the registration of the deceased estate. You will be told what documentation you require and the steps to be followed. We will also provide you with access to all of the necessary forms and documents you will need. In this way, you can ensure that the administrative processes associated with death do not become a further burden to you.