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1Life Wills and Estate Plan

Protect and transfer your generational wealth, even after you are gone

Leave your beneficiaries a stable financial future with a plan that covers cash shortfalls in your estate and provides for a valid, signed, and retrievable will.


Why 1Life Wills and Estate Plan?

Additional life cover and a will

Covers the costs of winding up an estate and provides liquidity when it’s needed most.

Estate shortfall lump sum

Up to R10 million is paid out to the executor of the estate to cover estate shortfalls.

Added liquidity benefit

Up to R50 000 is paid out within 48 hours to your nominated beneficiary for immediate expenses.

6-month income benefit

Paid to your nominated beneficiary monthly for 6 months, to assist with income while the estate is finalised.

Will drafting service included

Draft a valid, signed, retrievable online will suited to your specific needs; accessible 24/7.

Save on executor fees

Complete your will within 7 days and enjoy a discount on applicable executor fees.

70% of working South Africans do not have a will – Master of the High Court

1Life Wills and Estate Plan FAQs

The estate plan portion is available as additional life cover for the often-overlooked costs of winding up an estate and to provide liquidity to your beneficiaries and the executor when needed most.

We first help you draft a valid, signed, and retrievable online will. Our Wills and Estate Plan calculator determines the shortfalls in your estate and your financial adviser, together with our fiduciary experts advises on solutions, which results in your tailored 1Life Wills and Estate Plan.

  • The plan includes an estate shortfall lump sum which is paid out to the executor of the estate in the event of a successful claim and in the case of the policyholder’s death. This benefit can be as much as R10 million.
  • An additional liquidity benefit is calculated as R25 000 for sums assured less than R500 000 and a benefit of R50 000 for sums assured above R500 000. This is paid out to your nominated beneficiary within 48 hours of a successful claim, to be used for immediate expenses.
  • In addition, there is an income benefit paid to your nominated beneficiary. This is a six-month monthly payment equivalent to the life assured’s last recorded monthly salary, to assist loved ones while the estate is being wound up.

Most people don’t make sufficient provision for costs associated with the winding up of their estate, leaving their beneficiaries with a cashflow shortage. The 1Life Wills and Estate Plan is an additional life cover that caters to often overlooked expenses associated with the finalisation of an estate.

The cover is designed specifically to address an estate shortfall and provide liquidity in the estate. It serves to protect beneficiaries of the estate from unforeseen costs and assists in settling professional fees charged during the administration process of the estate, whilst the estate is still being wrapped up and includes a monthly income for six months to assist with any immediate cash shortfall. The plan also incorporates our 1Life Will, a will drafting service that is included free of charge.

Illustration of the average cost of finalising an estate

  • Value of estate: R 2, 2 million.
  • Funds needed by your family to finalise the estate due to fees and taxes: R227 995.
  • Executor fees: R76 274*
    The executor of your estate charges the executor’s fees for the service of administering and finalising the estate. These fees are regulated by statute and are set at a maximum of 3,5% (plus VAT).
    *Discount of executor’s fees activated within 7 days: R11 441
  • Estimated capital gains tax payable: R72 000
  • Sundry cash flow R35 000
  • The funeral: venue, cremation or burial; utility bills, groceries, school fees, etc. Calculated on a sliding scale based on the size of the estate.
  • Master’s fees: R3 200 based on the size of the estate
  • Miscellaneous: R9 475 based on 0.5% of the size of the estate
  • Transfer fees: R32 046 transferring conveyancer’s fees to have your home transferred from you to the heir
  • If you do not have a valid will in place, the rules of intestate succession come into effect, which means that your assets may be distributed in a way that does not benefit the people you would have wanted to pass your assets onto.
  • Without a will, your children’s inheritance could pass to the government guardian’s fund or appointed guardian, rather than to a trust that will ensure the wishes of the deceased are carried out for them.
  • A will protects your assets from unforeseen or illegitimate creditors.
  • Winding up an estate is a complex legal process. Having a friend or relative as an executor may not give you the benefit of expert advice from a professional executor who knows how to navigate the administration of estates act, engage with creditors, and manage any potential conflict with beneficiaries. This protects your estate as you obtain a professional service from beginning to end.
  • A living will is needed to detail your future medical treatment in circumstances in which you are no longer able to express informed consent.

Estate planning and having a will is for everyone. If you have any assets that would need to go to a beneficiary upon your passing, then you need a will.

Yes, it can be done but it is not recommended. As the will is revoked upon the demise of the first spouse. As a result, the joint will is then no longer valid - the remaining spouse will die Intestate

About 1Life Insurance

At 1Life Insurance, we know that insurance changes lives. It pays the school fees when mom is ill and can’t work and pays off the house when dad passes away. We believe that all South Africans deserve peace of mind and financial protection against illness, disability and death. Call us to find out which of 1Life’s affordable, simple and convenient products is right for you.

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