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Can my mother transfer the property she inherited directly to her children without putting it in her name first?

If your father left the property to your mother in his will, she would need to transfer it into her own name first.

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Must I sell my late mother's house to cover her debts?

You should make an application to the bank to take over the existing home loan, but you would have to meet the bank’s qualifying criteria.

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Who can claim from the estate of a deceased miner who was unmarried but had a minor child?

If he did not leave a will, his child will inherit his estate when they turn 18. In the meantime, it will be kept in the Guardians Fund.

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How can we change the beneficiary of a deceased relative's house?

The RDP house beneficiary is the person named on the title deed. That house will be inherited according to the will or according to the Intestate Succession Act of 1987.

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Will my ex inherit my belongings if we did not submit the divorce decree to Home Affairs? And can we remarry?

You need to submit the decree to Home Affairs. Inheritance depends on your last will and testament. There does not seem to be a legal objection to remarrying an ex spouse.

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Why is it important to write a will?

It is the only way for you to control who should look after your children or inherit your estate.

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How can I claim my deceased parent's SASSA funeral cover?

SASSA should know who the insurance company is and help you to make the claim.

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Can a fiancé claim from their deceased partner's intestate estate?

Yes, life partners "in a relationship intended to be permanent" should be regarded as spouses in terms of inheriting intestate estates.

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Can my uncle claim my late father's assets if there is no will but my parents were married in community of property?

No, the Intestate Succession Act of 1987 would apply if there is no will.

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Can I remarry after separating from the woman for whom I paid lobola?

You can only remarry if you get divorced, or if she and the court agree to you taking a second wife.

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