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Last Will and Testament         Administration of Deceased Estates

Last Will and Testament is one of the most important legal documents you will sign, as it ensures that your proprietary wishes are honoured and your legacy is devolved among your heirs. Whilst templates of wills are easily obtainable, it is our experience that a testator needs to bear in mind the underlying motive for making the will, and should have a comprehensive view of any legal implications, options, and consequences, as well as the possible impact thereof, for the beneficiaries.

At Houghton Harper, when we draft a will, we offer legally-sound and solid advice to ensure that your estate planning meets its administration, without the pitfalls that arise during the administration of an estate.

The administration of a deceased estate is the procedure followed to divest a deceased person of their assets, pay estate debts, and transfer the assets to testamentary or intestate heirs. The administration procedure is detailed and at times complex, hence the importance of a properly-drafted will. It is the duty of the executor of an estate to administer the estate. The executor is a person appointed by the Master of the High Court and is either nominated in the deceased’s will or nominated by the family in the case of a person who dies intestate. The Master of the High Court requires the executor to be assisted by an agent with legal training or experience, if he or she does not have the necessary experience.

At Houghton Harper, we ensure that our services in this regard are swift and financially viable to all parties involved.

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