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New twist in Madikizela-Mandela estate dispute

By Daily News Published on Thursday, 11 July 2024
Tags: #Estate Planning & Trusts #Litigation
The battle over struggle icon Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s estate has taken a new twist, with her daughter Zenani Mandela-Dlamini claiming that her nephew Zondwa Mandela’s letter of co-executorship was obtained unlawfully.

Life partner fails to get share of R21.3m death benefit

By Daily News Published on Friday, 12 April 2024
Tags: #Estate Planning & Trusts #Litigation
Fathima Sayed – who spent 17 years as a businessman’s life partner – has failed in her bid to lay claim to a share in his death benefit totalling R21.3m.

Late singer’s executor seeks royalties

By Daily News Published on Monday, 18 March 2024
Tags: #Estate Planning & Trusts #Litigation
The executor of iconic singer Lebo Mathosa’s estate, Thokozani Mthembu, is pursuing royalty-collecting organisations for a full reconciliation of monies allegedly still owing to her 17 years after her death.

Family feud over doctored KZN will

By Daily News Published on Monday, 29 January 2024
Tags: #Estate Planning & Trusts #Litigation
A feud between members of a KZN family over an R800m trust has sparked claims of forgery, infidelity and mismanagement of trust funds.

Master’s Office woes continue to frustrate

By Daily News Published on Monday, 11 December 2023
Tags: #Estate Planning & Trusts #General Legal Practice
Those in the legal fraternity have continued to speak out about their frustrations in dealing with the inefficiencies of the Master’s Office, says a Cape Times report.

Master's Office 'not completely collapsed'

By Daily News Published on Wednesday, 29 November 2023
Tags: #Estate Planning & Trusts #General Legal Practice
Deputy Justice Minister John Jeffery says while there is a way to get the Master’s Office running efficiently, he does not believe it has suffered a complete collapse.

Anger over ‘dysfunctional’ Master’s Office

By Daily News Published on Wednesday, 18 October 2023
Tags: #Estate Planning & Trusts #General Legal Practice
Lawyers say the Master’s Office is causing months of delays for crucial legal administrative procedures that should take weeks, reports GroundUp. 

Judge’s father forced to prove he is alive

By Daily News Published on Thursday, 31 August 2023
Tags: #Estate Planning & Trusts #Litigation
Michael Mossop (86), father of Judge Rob Mossop, has been forced to appear in the KZN High Court (Durban) to prove that he was alive – in spite of Home Affairs having declared him dead.

Ruling goes against Covid death will

By Daily News Published on Monday, 28 August 2023
Tags: #Estate Planning & Trusts
The Western Cape High Court has ruled that there was insufficient evidence to show that a man who died in hospital from Covid-19 had intended to revoke his will and write up a new one in which he left everything to a farming trust instead of his three children.

Excluded son fails to win share of will

By Daily News Published on Monday, 07 August 2023
Tags: #Estate Planning & Trusts #Litigation
A case of two brothers and an inheritance landed up in the Western Cape High Court where one brother, disinherited by his father, asked that the will be declared not executable so that he could inherit from the estate in terms of the rules of intestate succession.

Court 'reluctantly' settles burial dispute

By Daily News Published on Monday, 07 August 2023
Tags: #Estate Planning & Trusts #Litigation
A woman’s dying wish that she should be buried in the Eastern Cape has been honoured by the Gauteng High Court (Johannesburg), reports the Pretoria News.

Woman’s bid to secure life partner status fails

By Daily News Published on Wednesday, 02 August 2023
Tags: #Estate Planning & Trusts #Family Law #Litigation #Marriage and Divorce Law
A woman’s legal bid for the court to declare her and her now-deceased partner life partners in order to benefit from his estate has failed.

Second wife wins battle of wills

By Daily News Published on Thursday, 13 July 2023
Tags: #Estate Planning & Trusts #Litigation #Marriage and Divorce Law
The Eastern Cape High Court (Mthatha) has dismissed a woman's bid to take control of her deceased husband's estate after she tried to wrestle it from his second wife, reports News24.

Trustee decision-making ruling needs fixing

By Daily News Published on Tuesday, 27 June 2023
Tags: #Estate Planning & Trusts #Litigation
In the recent SCA ruling in Shepstone and Wylie Attorneys v Abraham Johannes de Witt NO & Others, a strong reliance was placed by the court on its interpretation of the trust deed, which, unfortunately, was not well crafted, says Phia van der Spuy, a chartered accountant and tax adviser.

FSCA cancels 6 757 dormant retirement funds

By Daily News Published on Thursday, 30 March 2023
Tags: #Estate Planning & Trusts
The Financial Sector Conduct Authority (FSCA) has cancelled 6 757 inactive retirement funds that were found to have no members, assets or liabilities, with most also not having properly constituted boards in line with the Pension Funds Act.

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