Understanding the intricacies of inheritance law in South Africa is crucial, especially when it comes to life partners. The common misconception is that life partners automatically have the right to inherit from each other. However, South African inheritance law paints a different picture.
If you’re in a marriage that is legally recognised, either through civil or customary law, inheritance rights are typically more straightforward. But what happens if you are in a long-term relationship that hasn’t been formalised through marriage? This is where the question of life partners and inheritance becomes complicated.
In South Africa, if a person dies without a will, the Intestate Succession Act comes into play. Under this Act, life partners who are not married may not automatically inherit. Therefore, drafting a comprehensive will is essential for life partners wishing to secure each other’s financial future.
The Domestic Partnerships Bill, which aims to legally recognise domestic partnerships, has been proposed but is not yet law. So, if you’re in a committed relationship but not formally married, take action now to ensure your life partner is protected. Reach out to our expert legal team at Burger Huyser Attorneys specialising in South African inheritance law to guide you through this complex subject. Your peace of mind is just a consultation away.
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