COVID-19 – IMPLEMENTATION OF LOCKDOWN MEASURES

Dear Valued Client Last night our president, Cyril Ramaphosa, declared a 21 day lockdown period as a precautionary measure towards flattening the curve of the spread of the COVID-19 virus. We received word this morning that the court services have been designated as...

THE ABSOLUTE RIGHT TO INHERIT

Private wills are untouchable – as long as you are not financially responsible for minor children, you can pass on your assets or disinherit whomever you choose. But what if discrimination on grounds of being female, or adopted, excludes children in a family from what...

SECTIONAL TITLE MINE FIELD

Owning a property in a sectional title scheme can be a mine field. You would think that this new flat or townhouse now belongs to you – your name is on the title deed, after all – and you can do with it as you please. Not so. In a recent court case* the facts were as...

WHAT MAKES AN ATTORNEY BREAK OUT IN A SWEAT?

Answer:  Prescription If you want to claim money due to you, or the return of your goods, or damage to your property, then you only have 3 years in which to make a claim. The most usual scenario is when a friend or member of your family owes you money and constantly...

DYING HAS BECOME MORE EXPENSIVE

The fees payable to the Master of the High Court in deceased estates, has increased from 1 January 2018. Previously, the maximum amount due to the Master, was R600.00. Now, the maximum amount will be R7000.00. If the value of your estate at the time of death is...

IS INTERNET A BASIC HUMAN RIGHT?

Martin van Staden wrote in a De Rebus article that, insofar as the liberty of the individual is concerned, internet access is certainly a  human right. However, for a human right to be of a “human” nature, it must be a universal human right. In other words, it must be...