Hanlie is a practising Attorney, Conveyancer and Notary Public. Hanlie practised in civil litigation for two years before being admitted as a Conveyancer. Hanlie joined STBB in 2001. Whilst most of her work is in retail conveyancing, developments and property law, she also attends to Antenuptial Contracts and Notarial Contracts.

Thought of the Week | Sale of property directly from deceased estate to third parties

Family members/heirs of a deceased person often erroneously sign an Offer to Purchase on behalf of the late property owner only to find that they had no authority to do so and that the agreement is therefore invalid.

When a property is sold directly from the deceased’s estate to a third party, it is the duty of the estate agents, heirs or family members negotiating the sale to obtain a copy of the deceased’s last will and testament to determine who has been nominated to act as Executor of the deceased’s estate.

Once the Executor(s) has been identified, Letters of Executorship appointing such Executor must be issued by the Master of the High Court and only an Executor who has been so appointed may accept and sign an Offer to Purchase on behalf of the deceased estate, thereby making such agreement lawful and binding on the deceased estate.

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