Wills, Trusts and Estates

Wills, Trusts and Estates

If you die without leaving a valid will, your estate will devolve according to the Intestate Succession Act 81 of 1987. This means that your estate will be divided amongst your surviving spouse, children, parents or siblings according to a set formula. However, this creates an administrative burden for your surviving family members.

We recommend drafting a tailored will that will ensures that your family, business and community is cared for in accordance with your last will and wishes. Estate planning must consider your financial circumstances and requirements as well as the legacy that you want to leave. Your estate plan should evolve as and when your circumstances change. 

We accept nominations to act as the executor or as agent, assisting an already appointed executor, with the winding up of a deceased’s estate.

With the right guidance we can create and register a trust wherein your assets can be protected and administered for the benefit of nominated beneficiaries.

It is vital that a curator or Trustee remains independent and fiercely protective the patient or beneficiary’s rights, free from any fear of reprisal, and does not hide behind instructions. We accept appointments as curator for litigation (Curator ad litem), curator of goods that protects the patient’s financial and proprietary interests (Curator bonis) and as Trustee to attend to the Administration of Trusts with various purposes.

We liaise on a daily basis with the Masters Office and other role players, such as financial intuitions, on deceased estates, trusts and curatorship appointments to ensure that matters are dealt with as efficient and expeditiously as possible.

This practice area includes:

Megan Basson


Megan obtained her LL.B degree at the University of South Africa and completed her articles at a medium sized firm based in Cape Town.


Willem Moolman

Candidate Attorney

Upon completing his LLB degree at the University of Stellenbosch Willem joined the Heyns team as a Candidate Attorney in 2021 and is currently working in the litigation department.

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