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:
Kumedzani is a practising attorney and conveyancer, specialising in the field of property law and conveyancing.
Lynne obtained her LLB from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. She also holds a Advanced Diploma in Estate and Trust Administration and is an admitted Attorney, Conveyancer and Notary Public.
Carla obtained B.Com (Law) and LL.B degrees from the University of North-West, Potchefstroom campus, where she was chosen as a Golden Key Member.
Tanya do Amaral
Tanya graduated with an LL.B degree from the University of South Africa whilst doing her articles of clerkship under the 5 year program.
Lani van Coller
Lani has 7 years experience as an Estate Administrator. She did a course in Deceased Estate Administration through the Law Society of South Africa and moved to Cape Town from Pretoria in 2019. She joined Heyns & Associates as part of the Deceased Estate department.
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.