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September 17, 2019

Employment Law: The Interview – Why First Impressions Last

It takes less than 10 seconds to form a first impression of someone. In fact, behavioural scientists believe that we have a seven-second window period to form such a first […]
September 17, 2019

Wills, Estates & Trusts: How to Deregister or Terminate a Trust

There is no provision in the Trust Property Control Act, 1988 that requires the deregistration of trusts. However, this said, it does not mean that a trust can never be […]
August 7, 2019

Commercial Law: The Business Judgment Rule – When is it Applicable?

When running a business there are going to be times where the directors in charge will have to make difficult decisions and take risks in order to either save the […]
August 7, 2019

Family Law: Immediate Steps Following the Death of a Loved One

The death of a loved one is a difficult process to go through, and when the inevitable occurs, it is important to remember what happens next. The cause of death […]
August 7, 2019

Litigation Law: The A, B and C of Service of Legal Documents

How are legal documents supposed to be served, and what is regarded as invalid service? Purpose of service of legal documents: The fundamental rule with regards to service is that […]
August 7, 2019

Employment Law: Paternity Leave for Men

From January 2019, working South African men are entitled to 10 days of paternity leave after the birth of their child. The Labour Amendment Act also includes provisions for 10 […]
June 25, 2019

IP/IT Law: ECT Act And Sale Of Immovable Property

With the introduction and growing use of digital technology in the business world, the South African Electronic Communications Act was enacted in 2002.  The main object of the Electronic Communications […]
June 25, 2019

Wills, Estates & Trusts: Die Gebruik Van Trusts Tydens Erflatings

Daar bestaan heelwat onkunde oor die gebruik van trusts tydens erflatings. Hierdie artikel poog om lig op hierdie belangrike kwessie te werp. ’n Inter vivos trust staan ook bekend as […]
June 25, 2019

Dispute Resolution Law: When Does A Foreign System Of Law Apply To Your Contract?

It is a requirement in the South African Law of Contract that, for a contract to come into existence, an offer to contract must be made by one party to […]
June 25, 2019

Employment Law: Does An Employee Have The Right To Freedom Of Religion?

The Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996, is the supreme law of the land and all conduct and legislation must comply with it. The Bill of Rights contained […]
July 25, 2018

Property Law: Rental rights during the water crisis

As a constitutional right, everyone should have access to clean water. Even during a water crisis. In cases where there is a signed agreement between a tenant and landlord pertaining […]
July 19, 2018

Property Law: How to escape from a property suretyship

“Suretyship is the precursor of ruin” (Thales of Miletus, one of the Seven Sages of Ancient Greece) As the philosopher and mathematician Thales pointed out two and a half millennia […]
June 5, 2018

Conveyancing Law: Title deeds when buying or selling property

If you’re planning to buy a new property, you’ll need to get the title deed transferred into your name to prove that you’re the owner of the property. You’ll need […]
April 3, 2018

Conveyancing : Cancelling a contract? The Do’s and Dont’s to consider!

Every person, whether an individual or a juristic person, will find themselves in a situation where they will want to terminate a contract. The aim of this article is to […]
March 15, 2018

VAT increase and the effect on property transfers and the registration of transfers before and after 1 April 2018.

The increase was announced in the Minister of Finance’s Budget Speech on 21 February 2018. The standard rate of VAT will change from 14% to 15% on 1 April 2018 […]
March 9, 2018

Conveyancing, Property, Real : Can you still sell as is? CPA v the voetstoots clause

Both sellers and buyers (of anything – houses, cars, you name it) need to understand how the CPA (Consumer Protection Act) has impacted on the very common “voetstoots” (“as is”) […]
February 6, 2018

Conveyancing & Estates: Trustees – Your risk of personal liability in property sales

Firstly, a warning to anyone selling or buying property to/from a trust – have your lawyer check upfront that you are adequately protected by the terms of the sale agreement. […]
February 6, 2018

Conveyancing & Litigation: Security Estates – Are your rules enforceable?

 “It is well established that contractual provisions are against public policy ‘… if there is a probability that unconscionable, immoral or illegal conduct will result from the implementation of the […]
January 25, 2018

Conveyancing : Sellers and landlords: Using an unregistered Estate Agent

With media reports suggesting that up to 50,000 agents may be operating without the required Fidelity Fund Certificate (FFC).  The real figure is likely to be a lot less in […]
December 7, 2017

Property Law: Selling property this Festive Season? 3 Tips for a smooth transfer

The Festive Season can be a great time to sell property, and to buy it.  Warm weather, sunny gardens and bright rooms, lots of holidaying visitors, and more time on […]
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