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Jun 25, 2015

What happens to my bank accounts when I die?

The Administration of Estates Act determines that all bank accounts in the name of the deceased should be frozen and closed eventually, therefore it is extremely […]
Jun 25, 2015

The ABC of the adoption of children

Section 229 of the Children’s Act states that the purpose of the adoption procedure is to protect and nurture children in a safe, healthy environment with […]
Jun 25, 2015

Disputes with body corporate: Homeowners’ remedies

Trustees of the body corporate of a certain sectional title scheme clamped the wheel of the car of one of its homeowners because he did not […]
Jun 25, 2015

Maintenance

What can you do to enforce a maintenance order against a person who is responsible for paying maintenance, but fails to do so or is paying […]
Mar 12, 2015

The impact of the new BBBEE Codes of Good Practice on your business

Major changes to the previous Codes include: 1. The seven elements on the scorecard are reduced to five elements and the weighting of each element has […]
Mar 12, 2015

POPI Act

It must be read with other relevant statutes such as: 1. Electronic Communications and Transactions Act 25 of 2002 (‘ECT’) 2. Promotion of Access to Information […]
Mar 12, 2015

Donations

There are two types of donation, viz. donatio inter vivos (donation between two persons who are both alive) and donatio mortis causa (a donation where the […]
Mar 12, 2015

Self-defence

In South Africa violent crime has become a massive concern for many who call this wonderful place home, but what can we do about it? In […]
Mar 12, 2015

Transfer of a property- Is VAT or transfer duty payable?

When an immovable property is transferred, either VAT or transfer duty is payable. To determine whether VAT or transfer duty is payable one should look at […]
Mar 12, 2015

Capital Gains Tax and the sale of a property

What is meant by Capital Gain? A person’s capital gain on an asset disposed of is the amount by which the proceeds exceed the base cost […]
Mar 12, 2015

Sellers protection under voetstoots clause limited

Examples of latent defects are a leaking roof or a faulty geyser. It basically includes any defects that cannot be seen with the naked eye. Prospective […]
Mar 12, 2015

The New South African Immigration Regulations tightens screws for foreign spouses.

This article looks at the New South African Immigration Regulations that came into effect on 26 May 2014 and how they affect a spouse attempting to […]
Mar 12, 2015

Fixtures and fittings

Many transfer attorneys have heard the question from a seller: “May I remove the stove or the curtain rails or the shelves or the … ?” […]
Mar 12, 2015

Succession planning

Owning a business requires careful succession planning which also forms a part of your estate planning as you will need to determine who will succeed you, […]
Mar 12, 2015

Are restraint of trade agreements always valid and enforceable?

Historically restraint of trade agreements were void and unenforceable unless the employer could prove that it was a reasonable agreement entered into between the parties. Fortunately […]
Mar 12, 2015

Why is the transfer of my property taking so long?

After signing a deed of sale, the purchasers often want to move into the property with great excitement and as soon as possible. When they are […]
Mar 12, 2015

Step by step guide to easy UIF claims

Alice recently lost her job. She is feeling very despondent since she has no income to provide for her family and cover her monthly expenses. She […]
Mar 12, 2015

How to change your marital status to another form of marriage contract

Section 21(1) of the Matrimonial Property Act No 88 of 1984 provides that a husband and wife may apply jointly to court for leave to change […]
Mar 12, 2015

Should you ask for a risk survey from your insurer?

In a recent unreported decision in the High Court of South Africa, North Gauteng High Court, the Court was again faced with the principles regarding disclosure […]
Mar 12, 2015

Estate agents commission

Selling a home is one of the biggest financial decisions a person can make and an estate agent, to whom commission will be payable, is usually […]