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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 […]
January 9, 2024

Estate Planning: Remember your Pets!

“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” (Mahatma Gandhi) For many of us our pets are a central […]
January 9, 2024

Now Creditors Can Apply for Directors to be Declared Delinquent – Why is That Important?

“He who is quick to borrow is slow to pay” (Old proverb) A recent High Court decision means that, for the first time, creditors of debtor companies are specifically cleared […]
November 30, 2023

Festive Season Sellers: Start Getting Your Compliance Certificates Ready

“If you don’t like where you are, move. You are not a tree” (Jim Rohn) It’s that time of year again – summer sunshine, happy holidaymakers in festive mode, and […]
November 30, 2023

Plan Your Estate to Protect Your Family – Two End-of-Year Questions to Ask Yourself

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” (Songwriters Pola & Wyle) As the end of another year approaches, with its family celebrations and holidays, take the time to check […]
February 7, 2023

Living Wills: 6 Myths Busted

Health issues and mortality are facts of life, no matter how remote they may seem at the moment, nor how distressing they are to contemplate. For your family’s sake as […]
May 26, 2022

Wills, Estates and Trusts: Intestate Succession – What Does it Mean to Die Without a Will?

THE INTESTATE SUCCESSION ACT NO. 81 OF 1987 The Intestate Succession Act No. 81 of 1987 (“the Act”) came into operation on 18 March 1988. The purpose of the Act […]
November 3, 2021

Wills, Estates and Trusts: Inheritance in Islam – Why is it important for Muslims to have a Will?

The laws of inheritance are a fundamental part of Shariah law. It is obligatory for Muslim persons to have a Last Will & Testament to ensure that your estate devolves […]
March 16, 2021

Wills, Estates & Trusts: Be Prepared for the Cost of Dying

No one wants to contemplate their own passing, but the reality is that sooner or later it is inevitable, and particularly in these dangerous times we need always to be […]
January 26, 2021

Wills, Estates & Trusts: Intestate Succession in Life Partnership Relationships

The Facts  Ms Bwanya averred that, at the time of the deceased’s death, she and the deceased were partners in a permanent opposite-sex life partnership, with the same or similar characteristics to a marriage, […]
October 19, 2020

Wills, Estates & Trusts: Is Your Will Valid?

Sooner or later we must leave our families to face life without us, and of course these are particularly dangerous times for us all. Make sure that your own affairs […]
May 26, 2020

Wills, Estates & Trusts: Locked Down During the Pandemic: How to Make a Will and Get it Witnessed

The last few weeks have seen huge changes in the way we live our lives. The demand for Wills has surged during the COVID-19 pandemic, which is understandable in the […]
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 […]
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 […]
March 26, 2019

Estates and Trusts: The Removal Remedy and Its Limits

“Animosity and difference of opinion are not sufficient to have a trustee removed from office and/or for the majority of trustees to unilaterally force another to vacate his/her office…” (Extract […]