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February 29, 2024

Let’s Talk E-signatures

1. Introduction The new age of technology and globalisation has prompted many international and local companies to new ways of conducting business without compromising the legality and compliance aspects of […]
February 29, 2024

Budget 2024: Your Tax Tables and Tax Calculator

How much will you be paying in income tax, petrol and sin taxes? Use Fin 24’s four-step Budget Calculator here to find out. The unchanged transfer duty and tax tables, with a […]
February 29, 2024

Claiming Against a Deceased Grandparent’s Estate

It is generally known that both parents bear the duty to support their dependant children according to their financial means and the needs of the child.  This common law duty […]
February 29, 2024

Property Sales: “Conditional Acceptance” of an Offer is Not Acceptance, It’s Rejection

“The conditional acceptance of an offer amounts to rejection of same and not the conclusion of a contract, but may be a counter–offer.” (Extract from judgment below) A good offer […]
January 31, 2024

The Possible Legal Risks Associated with AI In Business

Historically, interchangeable terms such as robots, automated decision-making and artificial intelligence (“A.I”) would be terms one would generally associate with the future. Technology that businesses or private individuals would only […]
January 31, 2024

Why Buyers Should Ask for Building Plans (and Why Sellers Should Supply Them)

“No person shall without the prior approval in writing of the local authority in question, erect any building in respect of which plans and specifications are to be drawn and […]
January 31, 2024

A Valentine’s Day Thought for Life Partners: What is a “Universal Partnership”?

“Marriage is the chief cause of divorce” (Groucho Marx) This Valentine’s Day, think about the legal aspects of your romantic relationship. They’re a lot less exciting than the traditional declarations […]
January 31, 2024

“Pay Extra for My Generator or I’ll Cut You Off During Loadshedding”. Can a Landlord Do That?

Loadshedding continues to plague us and our businesses, and when tenants are connected during power cuts to their landlord’s alternative power source – such as a generator – it is […]
January 9, 2024

Why Property Developers Should Consider Registering A Trade Mark

It is no surprise that the past several years have shown a significant surge in residential estate developments throughout South Africa. This remarkable growth shows a clear demand for such […]
January 9, 2024

Moonlighting Without Consent is Misconduct – A Firing Offence

“…moonlighting as a matter of principle is unacceptable…” (extract from judgment) Up to a quarter of all middle-class South Africans are reported to “moonlight”, that is to run a part-time […]
October 30, 2023

Selling Your House to a Non-Resident

“Oh, I’m an alien, I’m a legal alien” (Sting’s ‘Englishman in New York’) South Africa is attractive to overseas property buyers with our world-class lifestyle, depreciated Rand, strong property registration […]
October 30, 2023

A Costly Case of Buyer’s Remorse

“Caveat subscriptor” – old legal maxim meaning “Let the signer beware!’ A recent High Court decision once again highlights the dangers of signing anything without reading, understanding and fully considering […]
March 30, 2023

Buying Property as an Investment – Some Strategies for Success

“The only bad time to buy property is later.” (Steve Bolton) Buying property – whether to live/work in or on a buy-to-let basis – could be one of the most […]
September 29, 2022

Property Law: Transfer Duty. No Surprises.

A client recently wanted advice on a deed of sale pertaining to the sale of shares in a company that owned a house in Hermanus. He wanted clarity as to […]
September 29, 2022

Property Law: Important steps for the transfer of property

The transfer process can take up to three-months, sometimes longer. There are different steps involved in the transfer of a property, these include: 1. Instruction. A conveyancer receives the instruction […]
May 26, 2022

Property Law: FLISP – How to Obtain a Housing Subsidy if You Are a First-time Homebuyer

What is FLISP? FLISP (Finance Linked Individual Subsidy Programme) is an initiative developed by the Department of Human Settlements to facilitate affordable home ownership for South African citizens who are […]
March 29, 2022

Neighbourly disputes over building plans

Disputes between neighbours tend to ensue where an owner decides to build on or renovate their property and the neighbouring owner believes that such building works will have a detrimental […]
September 8, 2021

Property Law: Homeowners’ Associations and the Well-being of its Community

Finding the right home is not only about finding an architectural structure that meets your requirements (three bedrooms, sun in the afternoon, a yard for the dogs, access control for […]