Move! Magazine has qualified experts who are ready and willing to answer your questions. Nthabiseng Monareng aka Ausie Nthabi holds an LLB from Wits University and is studying for her LLM. Nthabi has more than 10 years’ experience in the legal field, specialising as a family law expert. She’s written books on family law and is a family law mediator.
Question; Who benefits from an estate?
How does money from a deceased spouse’s estate get shared between the remaining spouse and the children? Also, how do I get a letter of authority in this regard?
Ausi Nthabi answers:
When a spouse has passed on, the company will look at who was nominated as the
beneficiary in their policies. If no one has been nominated, the money will be transferred into the deceased’s estate. The money will then be shared by the surviving spouse and
the children. The surviving spouse will inherit R250 000 or a child’s share, whichever is the greater, and the children stand to inherit the balance of the estate. The children will then share the remaining amount in equal parts. If there is no surviving spouse, then
the children will be sharing out the money equally. To obtain a letter of authority, you
need to go the offices of the Master of the High Court.
Famsa: 011 975 7106
Department of Justice:
012 315 8130 or
012 315 1111
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