Global Estate Planning in the Digital Era - 2021 (Full Series)

Date: Nov 8, 2021 - Dec 2, 2021

CPD hours: 2 Hours

Time: 15:00 - 17:00

Event Type: Webinar

Presenter: Hugo van Zyl
Presenter: Anne Klein
Presenter: Tsitsi Mutendi
Presenter: Phia van der Spuy CA(SA)


#WATCH I Estate planning is a strategic exercise and should take a multitude of factors into account. The instances of cross-border and digital investment have increased at a rapid pace over recent years. Asset ownership in foreign jurisdictions and digital assets are now key considerations when planning an estate.

Global Estate Planning in the Digital Era

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Webinar 1: International Estate Planning in the Digital Era: Key Considerations

Presented by Hugo Van Zyl and Phia van der Spuy, with guest speaker Anne Klein

What are the key considerations for estate planning within the international and digital landscape?

  • Estate Administration and the Trust Property Control Act:
    • Do we accept the concept that a family, asset or business trust is under attack?
    • Why do we continue to use trusts, in and outside South Africa?
  • How to submit a South African will in a foreign jurisdiction – master process and the translation issues we face.
  • Digital assets – what is included?
    • Cryptocurrency.
    • Non-fungible tokens (NFT).
    • Fintech banks.
    • All money wallets (including Wise and PayPal).
  • Ordinarily resident v treaty resident status – valuation issues:
    • Residency considerations for estate duty.
    • Valuation issues.
    • Participation exemption on disposing/bequeathing 10 per cent or more held in a foreign company.
  • Why it is dangerous bequeathing the free residue in an estate without first dealing with:
    • Digital assets.
    • The foreign assets.
    • Assets in civil jurisdictions.
  • Joint accounts and investor visa properties held in countries where a South African trust or typical offshore trust is frowned upon.
  • How to plan for and manage forced heirship issues, with a focus on:
    • Mauritius.
    • EU – The Spanish Villa and the Portuguese Golden Visa Property.
    • Assets exposed to USA death and gift taxes.
    • Sharia Law countries.
  • Guest speaker: The research done by FirstRand Bank to guide their clients and include digital assets in their estate planning advisory and estate administration process.

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Webinar 2: International Estate Planning in the Digital Era: Estate Duty and other Administrative Issues – 2 December 2021

Presented by Hugo Van Zyl and Phia van der Spuy, with guest speaker Tsitsi Mutendi

What are the Estate Duty implications and administrative considerations when estate planning within the international and digital landscape?

  • Social media and its impact as a digital asset:
    • Guidance on Facebook succession rules if not logged in for 1 year.
    • Facebook and its associated social media platforms – lack of uniform rules.
  • Exchange control considerations for South African residents inheriting foreign assets:
    • Using new loop rules to ensure no USA throwback tax.
    • Using loop rules to side-step a South African estate administration nightmare.
  • The Liquidation and Distribution Account, foreign assets and SARS return REV 267.
  • Tax roll-over consequences where a spouse is a non-resident.
  • Administration issues – foreign wills and foreign trusts.
  • Non-resident ownership of immovable property in South Africa (Section 25 of the Administration of Estates Act).
  • Are there alternatives to foreign trusts?
  • Liability for Estate Duty when a policy is paid out to a foreign ‘new’ family member who is a non-resident.
  • Can you escape Estate Duty on certain foreign policies?
  • The status of international pension plans – are they Estate Duty free?
  • Unclaimed retirement fund contributions – deemed asset considerations:
    • What are the implications if you tax emigrated?
    • Proposed section 9HC – tax on retirement funds held by non-residents:
      • Tax and 7% interest not paid yet – is this deductible for estate duty purposes?
  • Guest speaker: Focusing on African family businesses:
    • What are the typical challenges we face?
    • Helping African family businesses with family wealth, estate, and succession planning and to design and institute family governance and/or family constitutions.

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Who should attend?

Tax managers/consultants, heads of tax, professionals involved in estate planning or administration of estates


Hugo van Zyl
CA (SA) TEP MTP(SA) MCom (Tax)

Based in Cape Town, Hugo runs his own private tax practice as well as a joint venture tax and formal emigration business.

Hugo emigrated his first client in May 1993, two months after the Chris Hani murder, and since then he has lectured SA expats, SA capital gains tax and income tax in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, London, Amsterdam, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Mauritius, as well as locally throughout South Africa. Since 1993, Hugo has assisted several expats, Saffas and global citizens in entering and exiting South Africa, not only from a tax perspective but also as a cross-border exchange control and multi-jurisdictional trust and estate specialist.

In 2014, 2016, 2017 and 2019, Hugo was an active tax specialist and fiduciary panellist at the Tax Indaba. In 2020, he was a guest speaker at national AGM of the Fiduciary institute of South Africa. He has presented webinars for both the South African Institute of Taxation (SAIT) and The Tax Faculty and a country-wide roadshow on the then new section 7C tax rules.

Hugo is not only a PBO/NGO specialist providing tax and practical advice; he also spent many years as national treasurer for both the Association of Round Tables (ARTSA as it was then known) and Chaine des Rôtisseurs Afrique de Sud (

Hugo is known by his international Twitter handle, @wegkaner.

Phia van der Spuy

CA (SA) TEP MTP (SA) MCom (Tax)

Phia is a chartered accountant with a master’s degree in local and international tax, a registered fiduciary practitioner of South Africa, a master tax practitioner (SA), a trust and estate practitioner (TEP) and the founder of Trusteeze (a company that digitised trust administration and accounting). She also holds a BCom honours degree in Industrial Psychology. Trusteeze is evolving and is becoming a digital solutions provider in the fiduciary space – a true disrupter. Phia writes about trusts and estate planning in various national newspapers on a regular basis. She is a guest speaker and guest lecturer on the topic of trusts and estate planning. She also published a book called, Demystifying Trusts in South Africa.

Anne Klein

Head for Solutions, Fiduciary Advice, FNB Premium.

She is an attorney, notary, and conveyancer, she holds a BIuris degree as well as an LLB, has full membership of STEP, serves on the FISA disciplinary committee, was profiled in the Annual Guide to the World’s Top Lawyers 2021 and was awarded Fiduciary Lawyer of the Year: South Africa, 2019. The team that Anne operates in is highly skilled and their focus is on finding wealth and succession solutions for clients. They are innovative, drive change and trends in the local and global advisory space.

Tsitsi Mutendi

Co-Founder African Family Firms, Expert in Family Governance

Tsitsi is a well-versed, award-winning businesswoman with over 12 years’ experience, building her own successful businesses. Tsitsi is recognized globally for her business acumen and world-class delivery. Through various board appointments in numerous industries, Tsitsi has had exposure to many global business development strategies, especially in Africa. Tsitsi is a certified family business advisor and family wealth advisor through the global family business education network, Family Firm Institute. Tsitsi is an alumnus of the Fortune/US State Dept Global Women’s Mentoring Programme, a member of the African Leadership Network and an Athena 40 Speaker.


This event and successful completion of the online assessment will secure 2 hours verifiable output Tax CPD points per session.

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25% discount on purchase of full series.

Regular price: R742.50

SAIT member: R592.50

Group price (five attendees maximum): R1 425.00

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