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Understanding Delays in the Property Transfer Process in South Africa

Buying or selling a property is usually an exciting journey. However, it’s essential to acknowledge that this process is not without its challenges. In this article, we delve deep into the common reasons for delays in property transfers, shedding light on potential hurdles that may dampen the excitement of moving into your new property. Common […]

Safeguarding Inherited Assets in the Face of Insolvency

In today’s world, the spectre of insolvency looms over many individuals, especially after the blow that Covid-19 has brought down on South Africans. As such, it’s increasingly important to consider how your hard-earned assets will be protected in the event that your heirs face financial turmoil.  What if one of your heirs, the intended recipient […]

Understanding the Legal Aspects of Selling a Home with Defects in South Africa

Buying a new home is an exciting journey, but it can quickly become a nightmare if you discover hidden defects in your property. In South Africa, there are specific legal provisions that govern the sale of homes with defects. In today’s article, we will delve into what the law says about selling a house with […]
Insolvent Deceased Estate

The Administration of an Insolvent Deceased Estate: When Liabilities Outweigh Assets

Dealing with the passing of a loved one is an emotionally challenging experience, and managing the administration of their estate can add complexity to an already difficult time. In some cases, the deceased’s estate may turn out to be insolvent, meaning that the debts and liabilities left behind outweigh the available assets.  Understanding the Basics […]
Death in business

What happens to my company if I die?

Death is inevitable, but it can also be unpredictable. If you are a business owner, you may wonder what will happen to your company if you die unexpectedly. Who will take over the management? How will your assets be distributed? What will happen to your employees and clients? Who will inherit your shares and assets? […]
Electrical compliance

What can I do if I am a new owner and there are problems with the electrical compliance certificate?

If you have recently bought a property in South Africa, you may have received an electrical compliance certificate (ECoC) from the seller. An ECoC is a legal document that verifies that an electrical installation is compliant with the legal requirements as stipulated in the Electrical Installations Occupational Health and Safety Act of South Africa. The […]

What does it mean if the death certificate says “unnatural causes” – specific to reporting the estate

If the death certificate says “unnatural causes”, it means that the person died due to something other than natural causes. This has several implications for reporting the estate of the deceased, especially if the death occurred in South Africa. One of the most important implications is that the death must be reported to the South […]

What will happen with my Cryptocurrency when I die?

There are more than 800 cryptocurrencies that you can use to make purchases online, send money to friends and family, or get paid for your work. But what happens to your wallet when you pass away? As cryptocurrency grows in popularity, you need to make sure you bring these into your estate planning, make a […]

I am named as the legal guardian of my brother’s children. What are my obligations?

When your brother asked you if he could name you as the guardian of his newborn, you felt proud and excited beyond words.  But have you considered what it actually means in terms of our law to be a guardian? If you are named as the legal guardian of your brother’s children in his will, […]

Child Maintenance Will 

When you become a parent, you automatically have the obligation to look after the child, as set out in article 27(2) of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989). This is known as “a common law duty” and is set out in more detail in Section 15(3)(a) of the Maintenance Act (99 of […]