6th September 2021
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Your Will could end up costing your family a fortune

Your Will could end up costing your family a fortune! When you hear Estate Planning, you may think it only applies to the rich or the lottery winners. However, anyone who has an estate, including life policies and retirement annuities, of between R3m and R15m stands to benefit a lot from Estate Planning. To emphasize the kind of saving you can make, we have listed a mere seven of the many examples of savings we at Pagdens have made, or are able to make for clients. The savings are not […]
27th July 2021

The Three Main Grounds for a Divorce

The Three Main Grounds for a Divorce Courts do not take a person’s decision to divorce their spouse lightly. This is due to many factors that include, inter alia, the sanctity of marriage, the long term consequences of divorce for both spouses and any children born of the marriage, and the emotionally taxing experience that is naturally associated with divorce proceedings. The only grounds on which a Court may grant a decree of divorce are set out in section 3 of the Divorce Act, 70 of 1979 (“the Divorce Act”). […]
15th June 2021
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Accumulation of leave

Accumulation of leave “Is an employee entitled to accumulate all leave that they do not take for the full duration of their employment with one employer?  This is a question which has bothered many an employer and employee. The first place to look is Section 20 of the Basic Conditions of Employment Act 75 of 1997 (BCEA). Section 20 of the BCEA provides that an annual leave cycle means the period of 12 months employment with the same employer immediately following an employee’s commencement of employment or the completion of […]
3rd May 2021
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Antenuptial contracts

Antenuptial Contracts: What does it all mean? Entering into a marriage or civil partnership is one of the most exciting and stressful milestones in life. There are so many fun decisions to make about venues, décor and cakes, that the tough decisions sometimes tend to be pushed to the side. Other than the daunting task of planning the seating chart, you also need to seriously consider whether you are going to enter into an antenuptial contract and if so which one and what will be excluded? We’ve set out the […]
1st March 2021

The Proposal for the Reform of South African Marriage Laws

The Proposal for the Reform of South African Marriage Laws South Africa has an abundance of religions, cultures and belief systems that have enhanced our unique heritage. As a result of this diversity, the law has gradually been developed to afford people the choice to, inter alia, enter into civil marriages, civil unions or same-sex marriages, customary marriages, and religious marriages. Currently, there are separate statutes to govern civil marriages, civil unions, and customary marriages. These are the Marriage Act, 25 of 1961, (“the Marriage Act”), the Civil Union Act, […]