Master’s Office Frustrating Families Of Deceased During Covid-19 Lockdown
The Master’s Office is the public office responsible for the administration of deceased estates. The Siyatec website contains more information about the Master’s Office, as well as, explanatory videos. Essentially, the role of the Master is to oversee the administration of deceased estates in accordance with the Administration of Estates Act.
However, the Master is not responsible for advising or assisting the public with the administration process. For all estates over R 250 000 you will have to be assisted by a legally qualified person who will be able to carry out the various steps required to wind up a deceased estate. Because the Master is not responsible for assisting the public, it can be a frustrating process for relatives of deceased loved ones who need to deal with a deceased estate. This often results in numerous and fruitless back and forth trips between institutions who require Letters of Executorship, such as the bank and the Master’s Office.
Covid-19 lockdown has frustrated families of deceased even more. There are daily queues outside the Master’s Office with many people not being able to obtain the information they need to deal with their relative’s deceased estate.
We are legal professionals specialising in deceased estates that will walk you through the process, step by step.
At Siyatec everything is done online. It is, therefore, not necessary for you to personally go to the Master’s Office to find out information about a deceased estate or to obtain Letters of Executorship. We are legal professionals specialising in deceased estates that will walk you through the process, step by step.
Author: Wafiq Davids (B SocSci, LL.B.)
Attorney, Notary, Conveyancer and Legal Consultant at Siyatec Executors