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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 […]
February 20, 2019

WHO PAYS FOR THE CHILD AFTER DIVORCE?

When couples divorce it’s often the children that feel the brunt of it. Sometimes it’s the other person in the relationship that suffers economically. Hence the […]
January 25, 2019

WHAT DOCUMENTATION IS NEEDED FOR BUYING A PROPERTY IN SOUTH AFRICA?

You’ve scoured the web for what feels like weeks, and you’ve finally found your dream home! You’ve put in your offer, and it’s been accepted. But […]
January 25, 2019

BUYING A PROPERTY ON AUCTION

Properties sold on auction is not necessarily the bargain buy everyone seems to think it is. This is because the property on auction isn’t necessarily being […]
January 25, 2019

CHOOSING GUARDIANS FOR YOUR MINOR CHILDREN

My husband and I have two minor children. I am concerned about who will look after our children in the event of my husband and I […]
January 25, 2019

HOW DO I REGISTER A TRUST?

A trust is an agreement between the person who owns the assets and the appointed trustees. A trust can be a good way to preserve your […]
November 23, 2018

WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO DEAL WITH COLLATION IN YOUR WILL?

The South Africa common law presumption of collation (collatio bonorum) is alive and well. This presumption is rooted in the belief that a testator intended that […]
November 23, 2018

WHEN MUST YOU CONSULT THE FAMILY ADVOCATE?

You may consult the Family Advocate if you have a dispute relating to either the best interests of a child and/or parental responsibilities and rights. Other […]
November 23, 2018

FIRST-TIME HOME BUYER?

Buying a property is a rather big deal, which is why you should be sure that you are able to afford it before you end up […]