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June 10, 2019

LANDLORDS & TENANTS: CAN A TENANT CANCEL A LEASE?

When it comes to cancelling a lease early, both landlords and tenants must be aware of their responsibilities. It’s important to note that the Consumer Protection […]
June 10, 2019

WHO MUST TAKE CARE OF YOUR CHILDREN AFTER YOUR DEATH?

The Children’s Act, 38 of 2005 (hereinafter referred to as the Children’s Act) governs the laws relating to the care, contact and the protection of children. […]
June 10, 2019

AN EX-SPOUSE REFUSING TO PAY MAINTENANCE?

If a couple has gotten divorced and they have a child, then it’s the responsibility of both parents to support the child. The duty to pay […]
June 10, 2019

THE TERMINATION OF JOINT OWNERSHIP

Nature of joint ownership: Joint owners own undivided shares in the property which they own jointly. Consequently, the joint owners cannot divide the joint property while […]
May 27, 2019

MOVING OUT? WHAT TENANTS NEED TO DO BEFORE MOVING OUT

We all know that moving can be stressful and time-consuming, but before you start packing your boxes, there are certain things that you need to keep […]
May 27, 2019

DEMYSTIFYING THE EXECUTOR IN A DECEASED ESTATE

During a person’s lifetime s/he will gather assets, in other words, belongings such as a house or a motor vehicle. These assets and liabilities will form […]
May 27, 2019

WHEN CAN SPOUSES GET A DIVORCE?

There are only two grounds for divorce, namely the irretrievable breakdown of the marriage; or mental illness or continued unconsciousness of one of the spouses. Examples […]
May 27, 2019

LAND EXPROPRIATION BILL

During 2018, the African National Congress (ANC) announced its intention to drastically speed up the land reform process in South Africa when President Cyril Ramaphosa announced […]
April 8, 2019

WHAT TO LOOK OUT FOR BEFORE BUYING A PROPERTY

You’ve searched far and wide for the perfect home for you and your family, and you’ve finally found it, or so you thought. Buying a home, […]
April 8, 2019

MATRIMONIAL PROPERTY REGIMES

My partner and I are getting married soon and have heard about the different matrimonial property regimes one can enter but I am not sure what […]
April 8, 2019

MAINTENANCE OF SURVIVING SPOUSE

The idea of freedom of testation is a core value of South African law and enjoys wide protection. The Maintenance of Surviving Spouses Act, 27 of […]
April 8, 2019

THE BASICS OF ESTATE DUTY

When a person dies, they leave behind an estate which includes everything they own. Estate Duty is payable on the estate of every person who dies […]
April 4, 2019

What is the sale agreement?

Whenever you buy or sell a house you will encounter the sale agreementThe agreement, or contract, is usually an offer by the interested buyer. The buyer […]
March 18, 2019

TRUSTEES’ DUTIES AND POWERS

All the powers of a trustee are ‘fiduciary’, which means that they must be exercised as follows: in the best interests of all the beneficiaries; only […]
March 18, 2019

INTERIM MAINTENANCE UNTIL DATE OF DIVORCE – HUSBAND’S NIGHTMARE AND WIFE’S WEAPON?

Given the complicated nature of divorce proceedings, and the length of time required to finalise a divorce, the existence of interim relief until the date of […]
March 18, 2019

PATERNITY LEAVE FOR MEN

From January 2019, working South African men are entitled to 10 days of paternity leave after the birth of their child. The Labour Amendment Act also […]
March 18, 2019

WHAT DOES 2019 HAVE IN STORE FOR THE ECONOMY AND THE PROPERTY MARKET?

There is no doubt that 2018 was a very challenging year for both the economy and the property market. As 2019 is in full swing, you […]
February 20, 2019

RENTING PROPERTY UNDER DEBT REVIEW

“I’ve been struggling to pay off my debt and to manage my finances. As a result, I am now under debt review. Can I still rent […]
February 20, 2019

TIPS FOR RENTING OUT YOUR PROPERTY

Regardless of whether the property you are renting out is a studio apartment, a cottage at the back of the garden or an entire estate, the […]
February 20, 2019

PLANNING YOUR ESTATE AS NEWLYWEDS

For newlyweds, one of the most important tasks to attend to is estate planning. The estate planning will depend on what the couple wants and what […]