September 12, 2017

If you do it today, you give them tomorrow

If you do it today, you give them tomorrow Tomorrow is full of possibilities for you and your family. But your tomorrow might not be the same as their tomorrow. If you die, what will happen to your family? With a Will, you can make sure their tomorrow remains full of potential. Give your loved […]
September 6, 2017

Can I sue someone if they insult me?

Can I sue someone if they insult me? Being insulted by another person can be hurtful, embarrassing and damaging. Much of the time we’re told just to develop a thicker skin and move on, but what if the insult is an attack on you or your ability as a person? When it goes this far, […]
September 6, 2017

Planning your estate as newlyweds

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 form of marriage they are in. It is therefore important to keep the following in mind when planning the years ahead together.  Marriage in […]
September 6, 2017

Antenuptial contracts: With or without the accrual system?

Antenuptial contracts: With or without the accrual system? If you don’t have an ANC, you are automatically married in community of property. This means that there is one estate between a husband and a wife. Everything is shared equally between spouses, which includes debts. However, with an antenuptial contract, the estates of each spouse remain […]
September 6, 2017

Do my debts last forever?

Do my debts last forever? What does prescription mean? The Prescription Act 68 of 1969 (PA) says that a debt (payment of money) is extinguished/expired after the lapse (passing) of a specific time period. South Africa has different laws which specify time periods, for example, the PA says contractual and delictual debts extinguish after 3 […]
August 2, 2017

The right to protest: What employees should know

The right to protest: What employees should know The right to protest is an integral part of South Africa’s constitution and has recently come to the forefront with mass protest being organised across the country in response to President Jacob Zuma’s reshuffling of cabinet, and the subsequent downgrade of South Africa to junk status. It […]
August 2, 2017

Renting property to foreigners

Renting property to foreigners Renting property in South Africa is a straightforward process. The country has a vast selection of rental accommodation including bachelor flats in apartment blocks, Victorian cottages, stand-alone houses with big gardens, and semi-detached units in modern townhouse complexes. In South Africa, the right of a foreigner to purchase immovable property was […]
August 2, 2017

Employers beware: Dismissal for poor performance could backfire

Employers beware: Dismissal for poor performance could backfire It is reasonable to want to dismiss an employee for not performing on the job, or failing to meet a specific target. However, Employer’s should ensure that the targets they set are actually achievable for the employee. If not, they could be found at fault for dismissing […]
August 2, 2017

Is the tenant or landlord responsible for the water leaks?

Is the tenant or landlord responsible for the water leaks? Questions, and sometimes disputes, often arise between landlords and tenants regarding where the responsibility lies with the maintenance of a property. The simple answer is that tenants can generally only be held responsible for repairs/replacement on the property if the damage was caused by the […]
June 13, 2017

The Basics of Estate Duty

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 and whose nett estate is in excess of R3,5 million. It is charged at the rate of 20%. Currently, SARS is responsible for collecting the Estate […]