12th May 2020

How can Electronic Signatures make life easier?

Electronic Signatures In a world faced with a COVID-19 pandemic, strict social distancing rules and a country-wide lockdown, handwritten signatures have become almost impossible to obtain when concluding contracts. This begs the question, is it possible to obtain a signature that has the same legal status as the traditional ‘wet ink’ signature?   South African law makes provision for three available methods to a signatory when executing a contract:  Wet Ink signatures, Electronic signatures and Advanced Electronic signatures.   In terms of the common law a ‘wet ink’ signature is […]
28th Apr 2020

COVID-19 LOCKDOWN: EFFECT ON RETAIL LEASE AGREEMENTS

The Legal Position of Landlords and Tenants in Retail Lease Agreements The COVID-19 pandemic has led to the promulgation of restrictive regulations as provided for by the Disaster Management Act, 57 of 2002 (“the Act“). These regulations include the Department of Trade and Industry’s COVID-19 Block Exemption for the Retail Property Sector, 2020. Among these restrictions is the pronouncement of a national lock down. In certain cases, these restrictions may make the performance of a contractual obligation ‘impossible’. This article will specifically examine how this has affected the obligations arising […]
17th Apr 2020

Q&A: The Importance of having a Life Policy

Is a Life Policy something you should have? Having a Life Policy and having a Will generally go hand in hand, but it’s difficult to keep track of the pro’s and con’s of all of the options! While our office can draft your Will and advise you on your Estate Planning options, we decided to get some answers from someone who knows about Life Policies to help make that decision a bit easier for you.  Tenille Viviers, a Certified Financial Planner, from Pagdens Financial Services answered a few questions for […]
19th Mar 2020

Q&A: Importance of Accurate Property Valuations

How does an accurate Valuation affect your Property Sale? One of the most important decisions when selling your home is making sure that you obtain an accurate property valuation. What your property is worth to you doesn’t always line up with its market value. It is difficult to put special family memories and emotions aside to objectively value your own home when the time comes. As home sellers who do not have experience in the property industry and specifically in property valuation, there is also a lot you probably won’t […]
27th Jan 2020

What is the legal employment status of your Uber driver?

Employment status of you Uber Driver Uber is one of the fastest growing brands in the world and it is difficult to remember a time when you could not simply log onto the App on your phone and request a friendly Uber driver to collect you from your current location and take you to where you need to be, at virtually any time of the day. However, how many of us stop and think about the legal status is of those Uber drivers and what labour laws protect them? Around […]