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Documents Required by the Master of the High Court for Letters of Executorship

The nominated executor must report the deceased estate to the Master of the High Court. If the estate has a gross value of more than R250 000.00 the Master will issue Letters of Executorship. The executor is then required to follow the full administration procedure which will be discussed in upcoming articles.

If the estate has a value less than R250 000.00 the Master of the High court will issue Letters of Authority. This is also known as “18(3) estates”. “18(3) estates” follow a simpler procedure for winding up the estate.

Documents required in order to Reporting the Estate to the Master of the High Court:

  • Death Notice (Form J294) – To be completed and signed by a surviving spouse or close relative of the deceased. This form provides information about the deceased and his estate.
  • Certified Copy of Death Certificate – As proof of death
  • Inventory (Form J243) – A list of all assets and liabilities belonging to the deceased.
  • Original will- ( if the Deceased left any wills)
  • Nominations by the heirs for the appointment of an executor in the case where the deceased left no will or where no executor has been nominated in the will, or where the nominated executor declines the appointment
  • Undertaking and Acceptance of Masters direction x2 (Form J155) – to be completed and signed by the executor appointed by the Master.
  • Next of Kin Affidavit (Form J192) – to be completed and signed by the executor where the deceased did not leave a valid will.
  • Certified copy of nominated Executor ID
  • Certified copy of ID of deceased
  • Certified copy of Marriage Certificate
  • Certified copy of ID of surviving spouse

Siyatec Executors can assist you in reporting a deceased estate to the Master’s Office. Give us a call, send us a Whatsapp, complete our online consultation or send us an email to start the process.

Author: Waseemah Doutie (LL.B.)
Attorney and Legal Consultant at Siyatec Executors

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Understanding the Executorship Letters Process

When a person passes away, their estate must be reported to the Master of the High Court. The nominated executor is responsible for this task. The Master will issue Letters of Executorship if the estate has a gross value of more than R250,000.00. Executors must then follow the full administration procedure.

For estates valued at less than R250,000.00, the Master will issue Letters of Authority, also known as 18(3) estates. These estates follow a simpler procedure for winding up. To report a deceased estate to the Master, several documents are required. These include the Death Notice (Form J294) to be completed and signed by a surviving spouse or close relative of the deceased, a certified copy of the Death Certificate as proof of death, an Inventory (Form J243) listing all assets and liabilities belonging to the deceased, the original will (if any), nominations by the heirs for the appointment of an executor, Undertaking and Acceptance of Master’s direction x2 (Form J155) to be completed and signed by the executor appointed by the Master, Next of Kin Affidavit (Form J192) to be completed and signed by the executor where the deceased did not leave a valid will, and certified copies of the nominated Executor’s ID, the deceased’s ID, the Marriage Certificate, and the surviving spouse’s ID.

Siyatec Executors can help you in reporting a deceased estate to the Master’s Office. Contact us via phone, Whatsapp, email, or complete our free online consultation to start the process.

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