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Can someone with dementia write a valid will?

It depends on whether the person has testamentary capacity, which is explained below.

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What happens if an underage child is left assets from a deceased estate?

The assets are kept in an account under the supervision of the Master of the High Court until the child turns 18.

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What happens with the title deed if there is no will?

The Intestate Succession Act of 1987 applies

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How can I stop my relatives from stealing money from my late grandmother's estate?

You can lodge a complaint with the Master of the High Court.

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My late husband married another woman without my knowledge and left his estate to her. What can I do?

Because you did not agree to the second marriage, it is void. You can contest the will.

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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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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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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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