Get Your House In Order
Bona|March 2018

Dealing with the wishes of a dying spouse is tricky, especially if they had a mistress or child outside your marriage. What the law says about a mistress’s rights in a deceased’s estate may surprise you

Samke Mhlongo

Hello and welcome to my column. I’m a wealth coach, and excited to be joining the BONA family! I must warn you that conversations on this column will often be heated as I confront some uncomfortable truths. In December, I attended a soirée with a few friends. The conversation turned to the dynamics that financially independent women face in modern-day relationships. One lady told us that her most successful relationships were with married men. But, what really made me choke on my wine was that her married lover had involved her in the drafting of his will. And she is included as a beneficiary of his estate!

Depending on your role in the relationship, you’re probably wondering how you can protect your husband’s finances. Or how you can strengthen your claim to the deceased’s estate if you are a mistress. You could be a man thinking your estate is safe from the claim of your mistress as you would never name her as a beneficiary in your will. But, is it really?

WHAT’S IN THE WILL?

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