Q: What is a: “Trustee”, “Liquidator” and “Curator”?


A: Once a natural person is sequestrated the Master of the High Court appoints a Trustee who must take control of the assets. In case a Company, Close Corporation or certain other legal entities are liquidated, the person appointed by the Master is referred to as a Liquidator. Curator can be either someone who is appointed to be guardian of the assets of an institution like for example an Art Gallery or Museum. A Curator is also the title used for a person appointed as guardian of someone who does not have the mental capacity to look after his own financial affairs. The name Curator is many times erroneously used when referring to a Trustee or Liquidator. Contrary to popular believe, Trustees and Liquidators do have feelings and their hearts are not made of stone (medically proven fact).


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