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What can I do if my sibling has a parent's will and they won't allow the rest of the siblings to read the will?

No person is allowed to liquidate or distribute the estate of a deceased person without a letter of authority.

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How are council houses inherited by the deceased owner/tenant's children?

If there is no will, the Intestate Succession Act will apply.

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Who inherits the house of a man who was married to but separated from one woman and in a long-term partnership with another?

It may be that your mother and children and the separated wife and her children are both entitled to inherit.

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I believe my grandmother was influenced to give her house away for free. What can I do about it?

You can take the matter to court but the onus of proof is on you.

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Can the person who inherited 50% of a joint estate also inherit the surviving partner's 50% when they pass?

Yes, if no will is written, the inheritance will be distributed according to the Intestate Succession Act

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What do I do if my deceased father sold his property but there was no title deed transfer?

If the buyer can prove that he paid the amount agreed between him and your late father then he can demand that the seller’s obligation, which is to deliver the property, is fulfilled,

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What can I do if a UIF employee won't help me even if I have all the necessary documents?

You can contact the UIF Call Centre to ask that they help you. You can also lodge a complaint against the employee.

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If my wife cheated and got pregnant, can I get our marriage annulled? Do I still have to share my belongings because we married in community of property?

No, your wife's adultery during your marriage is not grounds for annulment, and you still have to split assets 50/50.

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What can I do if my sibling refuses to report our parent's deceased estate?

It is illegal not to report a deceased estate. Perhaps telling your sibling this will spur them to action. Otherwise you can approach the Master's office for help.

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Can I claim my late partner's estate if we were not married but had kids together?

Under the law of intestate succession, you can inherit as his life partner.

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