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Frequently asked questions

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How do I settle an estate after someone dies?

The Estate Administration process is often known as “Winding up of an Estate”. An Executor, as appointed by the Master of the High Court, finalises an Estate after someone passes away.

How do I register a deceased estate?

When an individual passes away, you need to notify the Master of the High Court in the deceased’s jurisdiction of domicile within 14 days after the notice of death.

How do I prove I am the executor of an estate?

You can prove you are the Executor of an Estate by using the Letter of Executorship/Authority, as granted by the Master of the High Court.

How do I open (report) an estate of a deceased person?

The Estate of a deceased person must be reported to the Master of the High Court within 14 days of the date of death.

How do I get executorship?

Application for the Letter of Executorship/Authority needs to be made at the Master of the High Court in the province where the deceased lived during the 12 months preceding his/her death.