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Commission on “buite boedels”
You are aware that commissions are payable on testamentary estates where Legatus Trust is the nominated Executor where you are the source of the latest Will.
There is another source of commission which can be earned on “buite boedels”.
The term “buite boedel” is a word widely used and well known in our industry. Just to recap: It is an estate where there is no Will (intestate) or where a natural person such as a spouse, family member or friend was nominated as Executor. If there ís a Will with a nominated Executor, i.e. another trust company, an attorney or an institution like a bank, etc. and the appointment is renounced, it can also become a “buite boedel”.
Should you come across these kinds of estates in your daily dealings, please refer them to Legatus.
The commission structure for both testamentary and “buite boedel” estates are the same. Contact your marketer at Legatus for further details.
Anyone can refer a “buite boedel” to Legatus Trust. It is an open playing field and an opportunity for brokers registered with Legatus to earn some extra income.
Keep in mind: The benefits of nominating a trust company like Legatus Trust as Executor is that the Executor is not a natural person and as such will not demise or leave the country and furthermore, the Executor has the knowhow and experience to administer a deceased estate.
WHAT IS COHABITATION AND IT’S EFFECT ON AN INDIVIDUAL’S ESTATE?
Read more on this subject in the next edition.
YOUR DECISIONS, YOUR LOVED ONES FUTURE
A correctly signed Will is a valid Will. Incorrect signing thereof causes hardship to loved ones left behind who are already in a state of mourning.
PART 2: THE RESULTS OF AN INCORRECTLY SIGNED WILL
The result of an incorrectly signed Will is also devastating to heirs as it may lead to the rejection or partial rejection of a Will.
A duly signed Will must comply with the following requirements in terms of Section 2 of the Wills Act no 7 of 1953, as amended:
The testator(s) and two competent witnesses must sign next to any alteration to a Will. In case of an existing signed Will, the witnesses need not be the same witnesses who signed the Will initially.
Failing a valid Will, the estate will be administered in terms of the Intestate Succession Act 81 of 1987, as amended, the effect of which includes the following:
Make sure that there is a duly signed Will covering loved ones. A Will may be one of the most important documents that are signed in one’s lifetime.
The longest Will in the world was one drawn up for Frederica Evelyn Stillwell Cook, an English woman. When it was proved at London’s Somerset House in 1925, it consisted of four gilt-edged, leather-bound volumes totalling 1,066 pages and 95,940 words. The Will was dated 17 October 1919 with an added codicil dated 2 March 1924. It consisted mostly of detailed bequests of her personal effects and artwork. She also left detailed instructions to her Executors such as burning of her diaries, burying her wedding ring with her and not inscribing her age on her tombstone. At least there was no confusion as to her wants and wishes!!
The shortest valid British Will – which was contested but eventually passed after the 1906 court case of Thorne v. Dickens – consisted of three words: “All for mother”. What caused the confusion was that the testator didn’t mean his mother but his wife. Just another case of choosing one’s words wisely!!
Until next time.
“The Legatus Times” Team
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