Question posted in the Family Law category relating to Gauteng
Good Day. My father passed away in 2017 and his wife (not my mother), was selected as his executor by the Master. My mother and Father were never married. His wife basically sold all of his assets and pocketed the money without even paying his creditors. What is happening now is that my school (Public School) is chasing my mother for a school bill in total of R130 000. My mom is self employed as a taxi driver and they have threatened to reposes her vehicle. My question is, is it my moms responsibility to foot the cost of the bill even after my father passed away? My father is the one who always paid the bill and his wife did request a statement from our school after he passed away. She did however not file it with the master of the high court (he did not have a will). My siblings and I have not received a single cent from his estate but the school has placed the bill onto my mom. Is this legal and allowed? The bill is over R130 000 and she only earns R5000 a month. Please advise as we cannot afford to pay this amount.
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I think what you need to do is to ask the school to file a complaint with the Master of the High Court because the wife didn't pay the school, as a creditor of your dad's estate. Then, you need to get the executor to pay the school!
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