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October 5, 2020

What goes into winding up an estate?

In our previous blog post, we touched on the importance of appointing someone you trust as executor of your will. Here’s exactly what executorship entails, and why you should leave it in the hands of someone experienced. All your assets and debts are what’s called your ‘estate’. When you die, the executor of your will […]

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October 5, 2020

Explained: What goes into a will

Many people put off writing a will — which is understandable, given that planning for what happens after you die isn’t something pleasant to think about.  But if you have a family of your own, a partner, or possessions that will need to be distributed in the event of your death, it’s wise to express […]

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September 2, 2020

Explained: In or out of community of property? South Africa’s marriage systems.

With the latest amendments to lockdown regulations, couples are allowed to marry with a wedding ceremony and reception once again, provided that fewer than 48 guests attend and that everyone present wears a mask (which makes for interesting photos!). One thing that has not changed is deciding on a marital property regime before you say […]

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July 7, 2020

Explained: The process of transferring property

The conveyancing process transfers ownership of property from one party to another. It start when someone selling a property accepts an offer for it. For first-time home buyers in particular, this process can be complex and quite daunting.  Because there are so many parties involved, a property transfer can quickly become frustrating and drawn-out. We […]

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June 1, 2020

Using mediation to solve workplace conflicts

Whenever you bring two people or more, there’s bound to be conflict somewhere along the line. This is especially true in offices, both big and small, where people (often with very different personalities) spend a large part of their time. For a business to succeed, these people need to work well together, in pursuit of […]

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May 29, 2020

A big decision before your big day

A decision handed down by the Constitutional Court this week underscored the importance of deciding which matrimonial property system you want to apply to your marriage before you get married.  An application for leave to appeal a Supreme Court of Appeal decision was dismissed.  In terms of the Matrimonial Property Act, if you want to be […]

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May 12, 2020

Why mediation works – and how to prepare for it

In any conflict, it’s likely that those involved will feel angry, hurt, sad, and resentful. It’s easy for these emotions to get the better of us, and cause us to lash out at the other person. At the end of the day, though, that doesn’t solve anything, and an acrimonious divorce can ruin the happy […]

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May 4, 2020

Yes – you need a mask while exercising

South Africans are certainly enjoying the (albeit limited) taste of freedom that we have under the level 4 regulations! There have been many photos and videos posted on social media showing streets, parks and promenades with walkers and joggers.  I went for a bike ride this morning and I was constantly passing runners, walkers and other cyclists […]

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April 2, 2020

What goes into a will

The primary purpose of a will is to regulate the succession of your assets when you die.  However, other matters may (and should) also be regulated in your will.  If you do not have a will, your estate does not simply go to the state, as is popularly believed.  Intestate succession is dealt with in the Intestate […]

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February 4, 2020

The least romantic, most important part of wedding planning

In and among the dress fittings, cake tastings and seating charts, the excitement of planning a wedding is a whirl, and the soon-to-be newlyweds often forget that when they say “I do”, they are entering into the most important contract of their lives. It might take a bit of romance out of getting ready for […]

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February 3, 2020

Mboweni eyeing high dividends

Finance Minister Tito Mboweni very publicly announced his support of the full legalisation of cannabis when he tweeted a picture of the plant and asked his followers for their opinion on the proposal.  Steps towards legislation started in September 2018, when the Constitutional Court ruled that sections 4(b) and 5(b) of the Drugs and Drug […]

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November 6, 2019

Trusting an attorney with your property transfer

Selling a property is a stressful process. Between looking for a new home, cleaning up the house and garden for show days, and organising movers, there’s much to do. Choosing the right transferring attorney can make all the difference to finishing up the sale smoothly and quickly. The transferring attorney’s duties include co-ordinating with bond […]

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October 1, 2019

Spare the rod, spoil the child?

In our law, the crime of assault is the unlawful and intentional applying of force to the person of another (or threatening force). As far as the forceis concerned, the degree is irrelevant; depending on the circumstances, it could be a mere touch.  Before 18 September 2019, parents in South Africa had a common law right […]

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October 1, 2019

Maternity leave: Your rights

There’s plenty to keep you busy while you’re preparing for the birth of your baby, but make sure you spend time familiarising yourself with your company’s maternity leave policy while you decorate the nursery and get your baby’s outfits together.  How much maternity leave are you entitled to?  The Basic Conditions of Employment Act, you’re […]

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