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My uncle took everything when my dad died because my parents were in a customary marriage. Is that right?

It was until 2004 when the laws changed to allow women in customary marriages to inherit.

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How can we stop our brother from selling our late father's house?

The property can only be sold with the written permission of all the heirs or if there isn’t enough cash in the estate to pay all the debts

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Does my late brother's child have a claim to our late mother's RDP house?

Yes, the Intestate Succession Act applies because your mother did not leave a will

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How can I get my stepmother to include me as a beneficiary of my late father's estate?

You might automatically qualify as a dependant if you meet the requirements of the pension fund, regardless of your stepmother's preference.

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How can I transfer the property that my mother bought in 1993 to my name if it was never transferred to her?

You need to negotiate a new deal with the municipality that issued the Deed of Sale.

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My sister and I inherited our late mother's RDP. Can I transfer the house to only my name?

You and your sister have an equal right to the house, so you would have to come to some agreement.

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How can we revoke our tenant's letter of authority that he got without our knowledge?

You could get a copy of his letter of authority from the Master's office but you will probably need legal help to sort this all out.

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My husband kicked me and our children out of his mother's house that she gave to us. Can we fight it?

You will need help from your mother-in-law if the title deed is still in her name

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How can we stop our mother from selling the house that we have 50% claim to?

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How can my late sister's children claim their inheritance if her assets are frozen?

They can go to the Master of the High Court to ask for a letter giving the bank permission to release the funds.

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