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Estates, Wills and Trusts

The benefits of using trusts for tax planning

The South African Revenue Service is taking a very close look at trusts and the abuse thereof, so unless one can commercially justify why certain transactions were done by a trust, the motivation will be investigated.

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Marriage contracts and implications for estate planning

In this article we will be discussing estate planning and how it relates to the 3 main types of marriage.

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Your will and how property passes upon your death

While the subject of death is not usually something we like to focus on, it is however something that needs to be planned to to make things less difficult for our loved ones. 

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How is estate duty charged on property?

According to the Estate Duty Act, estate duty is charged on the dutiable value of a property. The rate in South Africa is currently 20% of the estates dutiable value.

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What happens to your Estate when you pass away

The Administration of Estates Act 1965, outlines what must happen with an estate after a person’s death. There are certain steps that should be taken to ensure the process of settling an estate is legal.

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Do you need a Living Will? Explained by our Attorneys in Sandton

The purpose of a Living Will is to guide your family and doctors when you are in an unrecoverable medical state and are no longer capable of making your own medical decisions because of this condition.

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Amendment of Trust Deeds. What’s involved?

There are many reasons why a trust deed may need to be amended. However doing so is not a simple or straight forward process.

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What happens to property upon death? Drafting a will.

Generally speaking, nobody likes to dwell on the subject of their own death. Unfortunately, it is something that none of us can escape and ignoring the consequences can make things that much harder for those left behind.

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The benefits of a trust for tax & estate planning

A trust can offer an efficient and flexible way to ensure that your assets are preserved and objectively managed and controlled by appointed trustees in the best interest of your beneficiaries.

Recent changes to tax law make it critical to consult an expert to avoid making mistakes in the use of trusts in estate tax planning.

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Be careful when dealing with Trusts!

The recent case of Smith v ABSA Bank Limited yet again demonstrates the extreme caution that must be taken when dealing with a Trust.

Business dealings with Trusts are most likely to occur when immovable property is sold or purchased by the Trust. 

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