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Weighing up the benefits of retirement annuities and tax-free investments in detail before investing is common, but do consider the estate planning impact of either choice as part of the process. These investment vehicles each have unique characteristics that may have an impact on your estate, so it’s best to understand how these are dealt with.

For many years, retirement annuities (RAs) were the only alternative to employee pension and provident fund schemes, but the various restrictions such as when you can access these, sometimes limit their use.

Tax Free Investment Plans (TFIPs) were introdu...

Estate planning doesn’t need to be overly complicated, yet there are common mistakes we see people make that can have devastating outcomes for those left behind.  Here’s what you need to be aware of.   


1)    Watch your wording


A misunderstanding with wording in your will can result in the opposite of what was intended. If the executor of the estate and heirs to the estate have conflicting views about a will’s provisions (which can often happen), they will look to the Master of the High Court of South Africa (who must confirm the validity of the will) for a decisive interpr...

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