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Warning: Property Email Scams Surging

| Criminal Law / Crime, Property | No Comments

“Forewarned is Forearmed!” (Wise old saying) Why yet another warning about cyber-scams in the property industry? It’s because the hard fact is that the criminals are winning this war. In…

Can Your Bank Take Your Money Without Permission?

| Debt Recovery, General Interest | No Comments

“A bank is a place that will lend you money if you can prove that you don’t need it” (Bob Hope) A recent High Court decision has settled the knotty…

How to Stop Vital Evidence Being Destroyed

| Litigation | No Comments

“Surprise the enemy” (Sun Tzu in ‘Art of War’) You suspect that someone you are suing (or about to sue) will destroy or hide vital evidence in their possession. Perhaps…

Unlawful Occupiers: Eviction Is Possible, but Neither Quick nor Easy

| Property | No Comments

“It is only once the court concludes that there is no defence to the claim for eviction and that it would be just and equitable to grant an eviction order…

Your Website of the Month: Left Money in a South African Will But Living Overseas?

| Website of the Month, Wills and Estate Planning | No Comments

What happens if you want to access a South African bequest overseas? BizNews gives you a step-by-step breakdown of how to go about it, depending on whether you are – Non-resident, …

Property Transfers and Trust Account Theft: A R720,000 Warning

| Property | No Comments

“The issue of whether a conveyancing attorney receives the money as the agent of the seller, or of the purchaser, or of both, or as trustee for both to await…

Your Last Will: The Dire Consequences of Neglecting Formalities

| Wills and Estate Planning | No Comments

“It is not intended for the Court to make a will for the deceased based on what his intentions may have been” (Quoted in the judgment below) As a general…

Employers: What is Your Duty to Accommodate Religious Beliefs?

| Employment and Labour Law | No Comments

“The employer has a duty to reasonably accommodate an employee’s religious freedom unless it is impossible to do so without causing itself undue hardship. It is not enough that it…

Airbnb Owners and Buyers – Should You Be Worried About the New Regulations?

| Property | No Comments

“While travel on our platform accounts for less than 1 in 8 visitors to South Africa, those guests boosted the economy by R8.7 billion and helped create 22,000 jobs last…

Your Website of the Month: Business Email Dos and Don’ts

| Business, Website of the Month | No Comments

“The email of the species is deadlier than the mail” (Stephen Fry) Do your business emails enhance your brand or tarnish it? It’s a critical question, particularly for businesses with…

You Signed a Property Sale Agreement, Can You Still Accept a Better Offer?

| Property | No Comments

You put your property on the market and an acceptable but not-perfect offer comes in. On the “a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush” principle you…

Directors at War and the Liquidation Option – A Tale of Sibling Rivalry

| Company / Corporate / Compliance, Insolvency / Liquidation | No Comments

“Family quarrels are bitter things. They don’t go according to any rules” (F. Scott Fitzgerald) A company’s directors have both the power and the duty to manage the company’s affairs…

Equal Pay for Equal Work – Can You Differentiate Without Unfairly Discriminating?

| Employment and Labour Law | No Comments

“Prohibition of unfair discrimination: No person may unfairly discriminate, directly or indirectly, against an employee, in any employment policy or practice, on one or more grounds, including race, gender, sex,…

Business Rescue: Are Your Suretyships Enforceable? A R5.5m Lesson for Directors and Creditors

| Company / Corporate / Compliance, Insolvency / Liquidation, Litigation | No Comments

“Some people use one-half their ingenuity to get into debt, and the other half to avoid paying it” (George Prentice, newspaper editor and author) You are owed a lot of…

Tax Freedom Day 2019 Has Arrived!

| General Interest, Tax | No Comments

“Untold Wealth: That which does not appear on income tax returns” (Anonymous) “Tax Freedom Day” is the first day of the year that we South Africans (as a whole) have…

Your Website of the Month: Coming Soon – More Courts Offering Mediation Options

| Litigation, Website of the Month | No Comments

“Agree, for the law is costly” (wise old proverb) The cost, delay and risk of contested litigation sometimes makes it sensible to rather try to resolve a dispute with mediation….

Security Estates: Can You Fine Speedsters?

| Property | No Comments

“When the [property owners] chose to purchase property within the estate and become members of the Association, they agreed to be bound by its rules” (extract from judgment below) There…

Accidentally Paid the Wrong Person? Lessons From a R862k Banking App Error

| Delict and Civil Claims, General Interest, Litigation | No Comments

“There’s no such thing as a free lunch” (Economist Milton Friedman) In these days of online banking and electronic payment, it’s not uncommon to find out to your horror that…

Expats and Employers: Plan Now For the New Expat Tax Changes

| Business, Employment and Labour Law, Tax | No Comments

“An income tax form is like a laundry list – either way you lose your shirt” (Comedian Fred Allen) This article is important to you if you are either a…

Estate Agents: Securing Your Trade Secrets (and Your Commission)

| Property | No Comments

“In short, it [a Fidelity Fund Certificate] is a licence to practice without which you cannot practice.” (Extract from judgment below) As an estate agent you will know that without…

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