Estate Support Services

Deceased Estate Administration

Estate Support deals with everything, from A-Z, regarding any paperwork related to a deceased estate and also acts as an executor of deceased estates.  In short we deal with the following process on your behalf:
  • Apply for executorship with the Master of the High Court.
  • Advertise the estate in the Government Gazette and a local newspaper.
  • Preparation of the liquidation and distribution accounts as well as advertising it after inspection by the Master.
  • The calculation of all taxes payable as well as the preparation of all SARS documentation.
  • Although this procedure seems short, the completion of an estate can take up to 6-24 months.

The following documents will be needed in order to start the process:

  • Last signed original will or particulars of where it can be found.
  • Deceased’s identity document.
  • Death certificate.
  • Marriage certificate.
  • Prenuptial contract (if applicable).
  • Name and date of death of any predeceased spouse (if applicable).
  • Divorce order and deed of settlement (if applicable).
  • Copies of identity documents of all heirs.
  • Postal addresses and contact particulars of all heirs.
  • Pension number, name and address of pension fund.
  • Membership number, name and address of medical fund.
  • Income tax reference number.
  • VAT registration number (if applicable)
  • Title deeds / Sectional title deeds / Timeshare certificates or particulars where obtainable.
  • Lease contracts.
  • Firearm licences.
  • Vehicle registration certificates.
  • Share certificates or name of institution where portfolio is managed or electronically kept in custody.
  • Unit trust certificates / notices.
  • Any other investment certificates.
  • Last cheque book and bank statement.
  • Mortgage bonds.
  • Promissory notes in respect of loans owed to the estate.
  • Credit cards and any other bank cards.
  • Life insurance policies or full particulars.
  • Short-term insurance policies or full particulars.
  • Partnership agreements, purchase and sell agreements and latest financial statements in respect of any business being operated (if applicable).
  • Deeds of sale in which the deceased had an interest.
  • Details of all debts owed by the deceased.
  • Loan accounts of all business entities.
  • Share / interest in any business entities.

Some costs involved in the administration of a deceased estate will include the following:

  • Master fees (limited to R600).
  • Executor fees (limited to 3.5% of gross value of the estate and 6% of all revenue collected by executor on behalf of the estate).
  • Valuation costs by an appraiser.
  • Advertising costs.
  • Bank charges involved in estate bank account.
  • Transfer costs of property.
  • Funeral costs.

T: (011) 789-1605  |  F: (011) 789-7995  |  E:
Unit A, 363 Surrey Ave, Ferndale, Randburg
PO Box 324, Randburg, Johannesburg, 2125
Estate Planning, Wills
& Deceased Estates