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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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September 9, 2019

Your rights in a roadblock

As we gear down for the end of the year, roadblocks are more likely to start cropping up. If you get stopped in one, knowing your rights (and responsibilities) can protect you.   First off, it’s important to distinguish between the two types of roadblocks: An informal roadblock, which is typically intended to catch drunk drivers […]

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September 9, 2019

Keeping your house in order: Domestic workers and the law

Many South African families employ a domestic worker, either on a part-time or full-time basis. The employee-employer relationship is often casual, and the domestic worker can come to feel part of the family. However, there are still legal requirements that the employer must adhere to. Doing so, and making sure everything is agreed upon in […]

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September 2, 2019

Legal process and state capture: Slow but sure

I expect that most of our readers, like me, feel a bit punch-drunk by all of the waves of bad news and negative sentiment that seem to have been relentlessly washing over us for the past few months. When Jacob Zuma was finally prised from office and Cyril Ramaphosa took the helm, we had a […]

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August 1, 2019

TO THE LETTER: SOCIAL MEDIA AND THE LAW

South Africans spend about a third of their day online, and two and a half hours of that is dedicated to social media. We’ve become so used to scrolling, posting, commenting and liking that we don’t think twice about our actions — and whether they might be illegal. Here are the three most important things […]

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