Entries by Jessica Schwenn

Labour law – know your rights regarding your leave.

It’s that time of year where everyone is burnt out, getting sick and generally just trying to plan their holidays.  Do you understand your employment contract and how much leave you are entitled to? Let’s take a look at the types of leave an employee is afforded according to South African law:     Annual […]

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The Importance of having a living will

In light of wills week this month (16 to 20 September 2019) we thought we would highlight the importance of drafting a living will when drafting your last will and testament. What is a living will? It is a document in which you give instructions to your medical doctor and your family that in the […]

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SPOUSAL MAINTENANCE: WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW

Should a spouse be entitled to payment of a monthly amount of maintenance for themselves when they get divorced? The simple answer is “no”.  Our courts try to ensure what is known as a “clean break principle” on divorce, ensuring that as much as possible that each party goes their separate ways after a divorce.  […]

WHAT IS STATUS AND LEGAL CAPACITY?

These terms are often mentioned in laws, contracts and news articles.  What do they actual mean? Status refers to your rights and responsibilities in civil and criminal law and whether you can sue or be sued. This is further limited by your domicile (where you live and consider to be your home country), your age […]

The law of adoption in South Africa

Adoption can be described as the actual process where one or more people make an application to the  Children’s Court to become a parent of a child that can be either biologically related to the parent or not. Who is adoptable according to the laws of South Africa?: Anyone under the age of 18 years […]

THE CONVEYANCING PROCESS

STEP 1 – Sign an offer to purchase a house from the Seller using an Estate Agent (if applicable); STEP 2 – Bond Application done for the Loan : Bond application forms part of the “suspensive condition” (conditions that need to happen before the sale). Another common suspensive condition is the sale of an existing […]