Justice and correctional services minister Ronald Lamola is confident the backlog in the master’s office — which accumulated during the Covid-19 pandemic and as a result of a September 2021 cyberattack — will be cleared by the end of December.

The master’s office supervises the administration of deceased estates and delays in issuing letters of executorship, letters of authority to trustees, and the approval of liquidation and distribution accounts in deceased estates, can have significant financial consequences for heirs in need...

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