Wills and Estates: Cost of dying rises with Master’s fees increase

If you are inheriting from someone who passed away on or after 1 January 2018, don’t blame the estate’s executor for one substantially-increased cost you may notice – Master’s Office fees.

They are calculated on the value of the deceased estate and were long overdue for an increase, going up sharply from the old maximum of R600 to a new maximum of R7,000 (which will apply to any estate of R3.6m or more).

See the table below for details –

  Value of Deceased Estate Master’s Fees 
Before 1.1.18 From 1.1.18
R15,000 or more but less than R17,000 R42
R17,000 or more – R6 for each additional R6,000 + R6 / R6,000
Subject to a maximum of R600
R250,000 or more but less than R400,000 R600
R400,000 or more – R200 for each additional R100,000 + R200 / R100,000
Subject to a maximum of R7,000
This article is for general information purposes and should not be used or relied on as legal or other professional advice. No liability can be accepted for any errors or omissions nor for any loss or damage arising from reliance upon any information herein. Always contact us At DKVG Attorneys for specific and detailed advice.For more information, contact our Wills, Estates & Trusts department

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