26th Nov 2019
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Animals and the Law

ANIMALS AND THE LAW Animal cruelty is rife in our country and is exacerbated by factors such as economic hardship, a lack of funding, inappropriate laws protecting our animals and insufficient law enforcement mechanisms. The National Council of Societies for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (the NSPCA) is a statutory body established with the purpose of preventing the ill-treatment of animals. The Animals Protection Act, enacted in 1962 (the Act) and last amended more than 20 years ago, lists numerous offences in relation to animals. Offences include the ill-treatment […]
6th Nov 2019
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5 Q&A’s on Termination of Fixed Term Agreements

5 QUESTIONS TO HELP YOU BETTER UNDERSTAND EARLY TERMINATION OF FIXED TERM AGREEMENTS AND THE PENALTIES INVOLVED   The legislation that governs fixed term agreements is the Consumer Protection Act, 68 of 2008 (the “CPA“), which must be read together with the Consumer Protection Regulations (“the Regulations“). The specific section concerning fixed term agreements is section 14 of the CPA, which you can access by following this link https://www.gov.za/sites/default/files/32186_467.pdf.   This article aims to provide some clarity on the legal position relating to the early termination of fixed term agreements […]
31st Oct 2019
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Formalities for a Valid Will

Do you have a valid will? It is vital to make sure that you have a valid will. Sometimes people choose to draw up their own will or they feel the need to put a will in place in a hurry and don’t have time to get to a professional. If you are in this position, it is important to ensure that your DIY will meets all of the requirements set out in the Wills Act for a valid will. If your will does not meet the required formalities, your will […]
3rd Oct 2019
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New Act: The Property Practitioners Act

The Property Practitioners Act The Property Practitioners Act has been signed into law by President Ramaphosa and we await confirmation of its effective date. The New Act will replace the Estate Agencies Affairs Act 112 of 1976 and brings with it a number of changes for the property industry. As Conveyancers, we play a major role in the property industry and we are interested to see what effect the Property Practitioners Act will have on the industry. One of the most dramatic changes is the definition of who is considered […]
24th Sep 2019
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Love it or Hate it: Estate Planning is vital. Want 18 more reasons?

Estate Planning: What else could be wrong? Besides the actual content of your Will, it is important to consider the effect that big decisions about your general finances, investments and property purchases have on your estate. Sometimes decisions are made without all of the facts or without completely understanding the consequences. This is where the advice of an attorney, conveyancer or estate planning and tax expert is vital. There are many attorneys in Port Elizabeth and thousands of attorneys in South Africa, but it is important to select the correct […]