Wills must be very carefully worded to avoid misunderstandings and misinterpretation, particularly when leaving property behind …
The executor of the estate, heirs to the estate and the Master of the High Court of South Africa (who must confirm the validity of the will) often have conflicting views about a will’s provisions. In these instances, they look to the executor for a decisive interpretation of any contentious clauses.
Based on this interpretation, the assets within the estate are transferred to the heirs. While heirs may formally object to the executor’s interpretation, such challenges draw out and can complicate the settlement of the estate.
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