How to remove a deceased proprietor(s) from a Business Name

How to remove a deceased proprietor(s) from a Business Name

May 09, 2019

Where there are two or more proprietors registered as joint owners of a Business Name and one of them dies, the following steps will be required at the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) to ensure the surviving proprietor(s) can continue running the business;

  1. Duly completed application form.
  2. Duly completed form for removal of partners.
  3. Formal application for removal of partner(s).
  4. Copy of partnership agreement where applicable.
  5. Submission of original Business Name Form for cancellation.
  6. Death certificate of deceased proprietor.
  7. Updated Annual Returns.
  8. Payment of prescribed fees.

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