Where must deceased estates be reported?

Wherever the deceased was living in the Republic of South Africa, the estate should be reported to the Master of the High Court in that jurisdiction. In other words if the deceased was living in that area for 12 months prior to his/her death, then the Master’s office overseeing estates in that region should open an estate file.

If the deceased was not living in the Republic of South Africa at the time of his/her death, the estate may be reported to any Master of the High Court, provided it is reported to only one Master and not two or three as this will create unnecessary duplication of files. If this is the case, you will need to file an affidavit (in addition to the normal documents which SRM can advise you on) stating that letters of executorship have not already been granted by any other Master of the High Court in the Republic of South Africa.

Magistrates’ Offices are also designated service points for the Master of the High Court and estates can be reported there too. However, these service points have limited jurisdiction. This means that if an estates have a value which exceeds R125 000 (now R250 000) in value, they should rather be reported to the provincial Master’s Office.

Who should report a deceased estate?

Deaths should be reported by any person having control or possession of any property or documents that is or intends to be a will of the deceased.so family member, spouse, son, child, adopted child, sibling, or a close friend where no family exists.

So what documents are required to report an estate?

Subscribe now
Read More

More Articles

Road Accident Fund (RAF) Surety Bonds

At Shackleton Risk Management, we can assist you with surety bonds for RAF matters. Surety bonds for RAF matters are provided by Safire Insurance Company Limited (“the Insurer”) and can be lodged by us with the Master on your behalf if needed. Trustees appointed to manage a trust must furnish security to the Master’s satisfaction.…

Read Article > about Road Accident Fund (RAF) Surety Bonds
Do Builders Need Professional Indemnity Insurance in South Africa?

Professional indemnity insurance (PII) serves as a protective measure against claims of professional negligence, errors, or omissions in services rendered. It provides financial coverage for legal costs and compensation payments arising from such claims, ensuring builders are safeguarded against potential liabilities. Legal Requirements and Industry Standards: Unlike certain professions where professional indemnity insurance is mandated…

Read Article > about Do Builders Need Professional Indemnity Insurance in South Africa?
Understanding the Distinction Between Public Liability vs Professional Indemnity Insurance in South Africa

What Is Public Liability Insurance:  Public liability insurance safeguards businesses and professionals against claims for injury or property damage caused to third parties while on their premises or as a result of their operations. It covers legal costs and compensation payments if a third party sues for bodily injury or property damage incurred due to…

Read Article > about Understanding the Distinction Between Public Liability vs Professional Indemnity Insurance in South Africa