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25
Apr

Property Owners: Your Rates Could Quadruple for Unauthorised Land Use

Article courtesy of Law Dot News | Property Property Owners: Your Rates Could Quadruple for Unauthorised Land Use “The said penalty … was imposed due to the fact that the property was being used in contradiction to its zoning” (extract from judgment below) Municipalities all have the right (and the duty) to regulate land use in their areas, and amongst
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25
Apr

Workplace Harassment: The New Code in a Nutshell

Article courtesy of Law Dot News | Employment and Labour Law Workplace Harassment: The New Code in a Nutshell “The criterion that harassment involves unwanted conduct distinguishes acts of harassment from acceptable conduct in the workplace” (extract from the Code, emphasis added) With effect from 18 March 2022, a new “Code of Good Practice on the Prevention and Elimination of Violence and
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25
Apr

Don’t Just Leave Your Loved Ones Assets – Leave Them a Legacy!

Article courtesy of Law Dot News | Wills & Estate Planning Don’t Just Leave Your Loved Ones Assets – Leave Them a Legacy! “A Legacy Letter is a way for you to share your values, life lessons, cherished memories, hopes for your family’s future, and anything else that is really important to you.” Wills and Estate Planning is key to
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25
Apr

Beware The Badly Worded Bond Clause!

Article courtesy of Law Dot News | Property - Bond Clauses Beware The Badly Worded Bond Clause! “The terms of the contract are the decisive criterion by which any potential expiry of a deadline has to be determined” (extract from the judgment below) A recent High Court decision provides yet another reminder to have your property sale agreement drawn (or
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25
Apr

Website of the Month: 3 Things the Most Productive People Do Every Day

“Here’s how to expand your mind’s abilities to get more done” Boosting productivity is one of the fundamentals of success in both our personal and our professional lives. “Get more done in less time” is the perfect strategy for making the most of everything we do, but how to go about it in practice? Our challenge in the Online Age

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30
Mar

Property Owner and Body Corporate Liable After Child’s Electrocution?

A recent High Court decision saw both a sectional title unit owner and his cupboard contractor held liable for damages suffered by an 11-year-old boy electrocuted by a communal tap. The complex’s body corporate and an electrician were also sued but escaped liability. The reasons given by the Court for these contrasting outcomes provide valuable lessons for property owners, contractors,

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30
Mar

Don’t Accidentally Disqualify Your Chosen Heirs from Inheriting!

“Death is not the end. There remains the litigation over the estate.” (Ambrose Bierce) Your will (“Last Will and Testament”) will always be the keystone of your estate planning, and a recent High Court decision sounds yet another warning to beware the “do your own will” concept. By not having his will drawn by a professional, a father inadvertently caused

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30
Mar

Exemption Clauses and Thieving Employees: Can You Sue (or Be Sued)?

Article courtesy of Law Dot News | Business Law - Delict and Civil Claims “Where one of the parties wishes to be absolved either wholly or partially from an obligation or liability which would or could arise at common law under a contract of the kind which the parties intend to conclude, it is for that party to ensure that
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30
Mar

Your Website of the Month: The 9 Key Points of Making a Difficult Decision

“Avoiding a decision is itself a decision … probably the wrong one” Decisions, decisions – we spend our days making them, most of them minor but every now and then a really big, important one comes along. Perhaps it’s something like  “Should I resign my 9-to-5 and start up that artisanal bakery business I’ve always dreamed of?” or “Should we

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29
Mar

What Can You Do When Someone Close to You Has No Control Over Their Spending?

Article courtesy of Law Dot News | Family Law “A prodigal is a person who, through some defect of character or will, squanders his or her assets with such abandon that he or she threatens to reduce himself or herself and/or her dependents to destitution” (extract from judgment below) What can you do when someone you know (often but not
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