Leaving an inheritance is complicated without a will, but can be a nightmare for divorced parents

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A Sanlam legal advisor says a lot of divorced people don't change their old wills when they remarry.
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A Sanlam legal advisor says a lot of divorced people don't change their old wills when they remarry. Photo: Getty Images

South Africans don't like to talk about death, especially what should happen when they die, which is why more than 75% of the population still die without a valid will in place, even when their banks and insurance companies routinely offer to help them draft one for free every year.

David Thomson, a senior legal advisor at Fiduciary Services said it was not just a South African phenomenon.

Even in the US, about 55% of people over the age of 45 die without a will and the problems are similar in the UK, he added.

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