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What are estate duties and executor fees?

Estate duties

An estate duty is an amount of money that has to be paid to the government when someone dies and their estate is wound up, provided their estate is worth a certain amount. This duty is calculated as a percentage of the deceased person’s nett worth.

Executor fees

When you die, an executor makes sure your property and possessions get handled in line with your last wishes. Executors need to be paid for their time, which is called an executor’s fee.  

The money to cover both the estate duty and the executor’s fees have to come from somewhere, which is where life insurance becomes really important.

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