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Our Estates Department specialises in the drafting of wills and in the administration of deceased estates and trusts.  

Our team smoothly manages the intricacies involved to ensure that your estate devolves efficiently, cost-effectively and with a minimum of delay. Our team will help you identify problem areas and investigate solutions for your peace of mind.

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  • Who needs a will?
    Any person who is over the age of 16 years and has the necessary legal capacity.
  • Why do you need a will?
    You can dispose of your assets according to your wishes; You can incorporate estate planning; You can protect the bequeathed assets e.g. testamentary trust for minors, insolvent beneficiaries; You can nominate a guardian for your minor children; You can nominate an Executor/s and Trustee/s of your choice; You can incorporate your preferred funeral plans; Complications in finalising offshore estates could arise
  • What happens if you die without having made a will?
    The Law of Intestate Succession will determine who will inherit if you die without a will. This could mean that people who you did not want as beneficiers of your estate could nevertheless inherit. A further delay in proceeding with the administration of the estate could arise from the appointment of an Executor who may have to provide security to the Master of the High Court. It is always preferable to have a will which specifies your chosen beneficiaries and executor and avoids the many complex problems which can arise in the absence of one.
  • When do you need a will?
    Good reasons to consider revisiting your will or getting one drafted, include: Marriage Divorce Birth or adoption of children Purchase of fixed property Establishment of business ventures Receipt of an inheritance
  • Can you draw up your own valid will?
    The law does not prevent a lay person from drawing up his own will but there are many legal formalities which must be complied with for the will to be valid. Often these are overlooked by the inexperienced will draftsman with the result that the will is rendered invalid, a situation which may only be capable of rectification by a costly application to the High Court. In addition, there are many issues which may need to be dealt with in your will which might not be considered unless professional advice is sought.
  • Additional Benefits Offered by Kaplan Blumberg
    We will keep your original will in safe custody, free of charge
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