FAQ's

Boundary walls and access to property

What can I do if a neighbour blocks me from gaining access to my property through the erection of a boundary wall, or erects a boundary wall that encroaches onto my property? You may very well have legal recourse. In…

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Credit Agreements

How does a credit agreement affect you? And who regulates these transactions? Whether purchasing furniture for your house, buying clothing on your store card or being granted a loan for your new car, people are entering into credit agreements daily.…

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Crime / Theft / House Robbery

What are the procedures that I need to follow if I find myself a victim of Crime / Theft / House Robbery? South African Police Services (SAPS)  – 10111 Emergency Services (Ambulance) – 10177 Cell phone Emergency – 112 When…

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Encroaching Trees

My neighbours trees are encroaching on my property, is there anything I can do? What are your rights? As a landowner you are entitled to the use and enjoyment of your property. This includes the right to use, consume, alter,…

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FICA: The Financial Intelligence

What is FICA, and why am I expected to comply? The Financial Intelligence Act 38 of 2001 established a regulatory anti-money laundering system for South Africa. This is in line with international efforts to combat this problem. Section 21 of…

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Law jargon explained

Law Jargon Explained Advocate A lawyer who takes instructions from attorneys and who generally appears in court. Ante-Nuptial Contract An agreement entered into BEFORE marriage which sets out how the parties to the marriage will deal with one another’s estates during the…

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Leases

I am about to lease a property out, what are the legal steps that I would need to follow? The first thing to be said about a lease is that it should be in writing (although it can be verbal,…

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Maintenance

I need to apply for maintenance, what are the steps that I need to take? Types of Maintenance Spousal Maintenance; Child Maintenance; Rehabilitative maintenance – this is maintenance awarded to a divorcing woman for a limited time while she trains…

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Motor Vehicle Accidents (MVA)

What are the procedures that I need to follow if I am involved in a motor vehicle accident? WHAT What to do when involved in a motor vehicle collision Report to the SAPS IMMEDIATELY Ensure circumstances are documented Photographs where…

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Nuisance Caused by Neighbours And Their Pets

My neighbours are causing a nuisance, what can I do? What is Nuisance? There are two types of Nuisance: Private and Public. A private nuisance refers to the unreasonable, unwarranted or unlawful use of one’s property in a manner that…

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Protection Orders

Protection Orders The difference between protection and harassment: The Protection from Harassment Act and the Domestic Violence Act The difference between protection and harassment What is Harassment? Any conduct whether direct/indirect That the perpetrator knows or ought to know will cause…

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Same Sex Marriages (Civil Unions)

Same Sex Marriages (Civil Unions) How does being in a same sex relationship in South Africa affect you? South Africa was the first country on the African continent to recognise the rights of same sex couples. As one of the…

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The Children’s Act

The Children’s Act What do i need to know about The Children’s Act? The Children’s Act 38 of 2005 is the first piece of legislation that codifies the law of parent and child and governs all laws relating to the…

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