Answers to your questions

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What happens if the seller of a house dies before the transfer has taken place?

The transfer process is halted and the estate of the deceased seller must be reported.

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Can I claim UIF death benefits two years after the person passed away?

Dependants only have 18 months to claim their benefits, but it's worth trying anyway

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If land was bought by multiple individuals at the same time long ago, how do their heirs claim the estate?

It's unclear how the heir of one of the owners would get an individual title deed for his share of the land.

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Does my son have any claim to my late parents' house?

No, but he will inherit part of your share of the house when you pass away.

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Does my late ex-husband's girlfriend have claim to his estate?

Unless he made a will leaving his share of the property and assets to his girlfriend, she cannot claim his estate.

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If two unwed people owned a house together and one died after getting married to someone else, can the spouse sell the house?

The two title deed holders need to come to an agreement about the sale of the house.

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How can I protect my house from being repossessed under Section 88 of the National Credit Act?

If you go into debt review, you will be protected by Section 88 while the debt review takes place.

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What are the rights of tenants in a boarding house where the late landlady had life rights?

After the death of the landlady, ownership reverts to the original owners but the PIE Act still applies.

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Do I qualify for UIF TERS if I was temporarily laid off because of the lockdown?

You should have qualified for the previous TERS extension but the new TERS only applies to certain employees.

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Who will inherit the house: the person nominated as the beneficiary or the owner's child?

If the owner nominates an heir in their will, that person will become the legal owner of the house.

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