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28
Oct

Parking Bay Disputes – Enforcing Complex Rules

“By subscribing to the constitution, each member accepts the benefits stipulated in his or her favour by the other subscribing members.  One of those benefits is that there shall be rules of conduct to give substance to the objectives and rights promised and conferred by the constitution … and that the other members will be required to comply with them

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28
Oct

Does Your Dog Bite? Your (Substantial) Risk Remains

Article courtesy of Law Dot News “People are entitled to walk our streets without having to fear being attacked by dogs and, where such attacks occur, they should in most circumstances be able to look to the owner of the dog for recompense” (extract from judgment below) Dog owners (in fact owners of any potentially dangerous domesticated animal) should take
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28
Oct

POPIA: A Practical 4-Step Action Plan for your Business

Article courtesy of Law Dot News “By failing to prepare you are preparing to fail” (Benjamin Franklin) The media is still awash with warnings about the dangers of not complying with POPIA (the Protection of Personal Information Act). The risks of non-compliance are indeed substantial but whilst much is made of the fact that the Act itself is now in
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28
Oct

Collecting Maintenance in Hard Times – Threaten Jail Time

“Compliance with court orders is always important. There is a particular scourge in this country of spouses, particularly husbands, failing to pay judicially ordered maintenance” (extract from second judgment below) Getting money out of serial maintenance defaulters is a notoriously difficult exercise, but even the most recalcitrant and cunning dodger will baulk at the prospect of being locked up for

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28
Oct

Website of the Month: Looking Good on Zoom

“Zooming Into the Future: Tips to Improve One’s Appearance at Online Meetings” on Law.com is a useful compilation of advice on the best – Lighting  Background  Eye level Appearance (did you know about the “Touch Up My Appearance” button? Sound.  It’s written specifically for lawyers doing their lawyerly things and for witnesses giving evidence online but is a great resource for anyone

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28
Sep

Is Your Will Valid?

“Death knocks at all doors alike” (John Dunton 1692) Sooner or later we must leave our families to face life without us, and of course these are particularly dangerous times for us all.  Make sure that your own affairs are in order now –  A valid will is the only sure way to protect your loved ones after you are gone.  If

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28
Sep

Landlords and Tenants: Alert Level 1 and the New Eviction Rules

Article courtesy of Law Dot News Landlords and Tenants: Alert Level 1 and the New Eviction Rules “Only in our dreams are we free. The rest of the time we need wages” (Terry Pratchett) The flood of lockdown lay-offs and salary reductions has left many tenants struggling to find rent money, and their landlords wondering how to cover their bond
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28
Sep

Home Businesses – Is Yours Legal?

Article courtesy of Law Dot News Home Businesses – Is Yours Legal? The sharp upsurge in businesses operating remotely as a result of the pandemic lockdowns means a lot more people working from home – most presumably in low-profile home offices, but inevitably some in the form of full-on business activities from home. What effect is that having on the
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28
Sep

Friends and Lovers: Before You Lend Out Your Car…

“Neither a borrower nor a lender be” (Shakespeare) This is a case of a “love relationship” gone wrong but the principles of vehicle ownership apply to any situation in which you lend a motor vehicle to anyone else. A widely-held misconception is that if you are the registered owner of a car, it is yours and you are the owner.

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28
Sep

Website of the Month: Don’t Lose Your House Because of a Lockdown Layoff!

(Note: If none of this applies to you please think of passing it on to anyone you know who may find it useful) In these hard times it is not always easy to keep up bond repayments, particularly if you are one of the many victims of the lockdown that have lost your job or your business. The worst thing

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