Deceased Estates and Level 3 Lockdown Protocols
Dealing with the loss of a loved one and settling their affairs can be a heartbreaking, strenuous and time-consuming process. Oosthuizen & Co understands that losing a loved one is painful and heartbreaking, but the process of settling their affairs does not have to be.
On 2 June 2020 the Office of the Chief Master issued its protocols that are to be adopted under level 3 of the national lockdown when:
reporting a deceased estate;
examining a liquidation and distribution account;
issuing appointment letters in deceased estate matters; and
limiting the spread of the coronavirus.
Although the law on the administration of deceased estates has not changed, the protocols call upon us to report new deceased estates to the Master’s Office by utilising the service of the post office and electronic communication platforms. In turn limiting the number of people visiting the office of the Master and curbing the spread of the coronavirus and further fatalities.
If you have recently lost a loved one, or know of someone who has, Oosthuizen & Co would like to offer our deepest condolences and is here assist you with handling the deceased estate during these trying times.
Please contact me by emailing me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, you can contact the offices of Oosthuizen & Co by phoning 021 872 3014, where one of our friendly attorneys will arrange a consultation with you.
(Admitted Attorney of the High Court of South Africa)