Talking To Loved Ones About Your Final Wishes – A Tough Discussion

By |2021-02-18T17:55:47+02:00February 18th, 2021|Blog|

Talking to your family and loved ones about your end-of-life care and wishes can be daunting as well as traumatic. However, there are significant benefits to having this conversation and continuing it as you get older. This discussion will evolve over time and also become more comfortable. However, you will need to be extremely [...]

Should Your Pets Be Included in Your Will?

By |2021-01-21T15:54:53+02:00January 21st, 2021|Blog|

Animal shelters across South Africa are seeing an increase in the number of pets they are accepting, which can be attributed to their owners passing from COVID-19 or simply not being in a position to afford them anymore due to job losses and salary cuts. In South Africa, a certain amount of protection is [...]

The Importance Of Appointing A Guardian In Your Will

By |2021-01-21T11:32:44+02:00January 21st, 2021|Blog|

One of the most important decisions you will need to make as a parent is choosing a suitable guardian for your children in the event that both parents pass away. As difficult as it may be to imagine someone else bringing your child into adulthood and making all the necessary, even life-changing decisions on [...]

Essential Documents To Prepare Before You Die – An Inside Perspective

By |2021-01-21T11:16:34+02:00January 21st, 2021|Blog|

Death does not discriminate, and as Benjamin Franklin pointed out, “In this world, nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” We may not know when we are going to die, but we do know that it will happen, however, there are some fundamental actions that you should carry out before [...]

Powers Of Attorney Vs. Curatorship

By |2021-01-21T11:02:15+02:00January 21st, 2021|Blog|

A POWER OF ATTORNEY is a formal written document setting out the scope of the agent’s authority, which is signed by the principal (grantor). A special power of attorney allows an agent to do one act only. A general power of attorney is a document that consists of a collection of special powers of attorney set [...]

Five events that negatively affect your estate when you pass away without a will

By |2020-10-28T15:35:05+02:00September 21st, 2020|Blog|

In our previous blog, we asked the question how do I know if my will is valid? Another immensely popular question we receive regularly is what happens if I do not have a valid will or I pass without a valid will which ties into our previous blog. When one considers the process, you [...]

The value of appointing a professional executor to finalise your estate

By |2020-09-21T09:04:58+02:00September 21st, 2020|Blog|

The importance of having a valid will and nominating an appropriate person as the executor of your estate cannot be emphasised enough. A testator may nominate any natural person, including a spouse or a child, but should not underestimate the complexity of the process and the pressure and responsibility it places on someone who [...]

Why should you pre-plan your funeral?

By |2020-08-17T15:58:23+02:00August 17th, 2020|Blog|

Pre-planning your funeral and discussing it with your family may initially seem like an uncomfortable topic, but it is becoming more acceptable, especially with the current Covid-19 pandemic. Under normal circumstances, funerals are usually held one to two weeks after the passing of a loved one, depending on your religion. However, there may be [...]

How should I plan for my minor child to inherit?

By |2020-07-24T15:18:44+02:00July 24th, 2020|Blog|

“My wife and I have a young daughter. We are planning to update our estate planning to provide that our daughter inherits everything should both of us pass, but have been wondering what will happen if this happens while she is a minor? Can we plan for this eventuality?” Our law determines that minor [...]

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