August 21, 2019

Warning: Property email scams surging

“Forewarned is Forearmed!” (Wise old saying)  Why yet another warning about cyber-scams in the property industry? It’s because the hard fact is that the criminals are […]
August 21, 2019

Can your bank take your money without permission?

“A bank is a place that will lend you money if you can prove that you don’t need it” (Bob Hope) A recent High Court decision […]
August 21, 2019

How to stop vital evidence being destroyed

“Surprise the enemy” (Sun Tzu in ‘Art of War’) You suspect that someone you are suing (or about to sue) will destroy or hide vital evidence […]
August 21, 2019

Unlawful occupiers: Eviction is possible, but neither quick nor easy

“It is only once the court concludes that there is no defence to the claim for eviction and that it would be just and equitable to […]
September 12, 2019

Home builders – Your contractor must register with the NHBRC

“…the Act is consumer-protection legislation designed to offer protection against incompetent builders and the construction of homes having structural defects” (extract from judgment below) In order […]
September 12, 2019

What is poor work performance? A case of missed sales targets

“…the employer has a duty to investigate all possible alternatives short of dismissal, and this duty accords with the onus of proving the fairness of the […]
September 12, 2019

Property: Are verbal agreements valid?

“A verbal contract isn’t worth the paper it’s written on” (Samuel Goldwyn) Verbal agreements in South Africa are generally as binding and valid as written ones. […]
September 12, 2019

Your Will: What you can and can’t do

“Where there’s a will, I want to be in it” (Anon) Your will (“Last Will and Testament”) is quite possibly the most important document you will […]
September 18, 2019

Closing down the guesthouse next door

“You can be a good neighbour only if you have good neighbours” (Howard E. Koch, playwright) You decide – for whatever reason – that your neighbour’s […]
September 18, 2019

Employer vs employee: Can you use evidence obtained under threat of prosecution?

“… you are going to be a very sorry man you (sic) probably going to sit in jail tonight” (a “dirty dozen threat” quoted in the […]
September 18, 2019

Child maintenance in arrears? The contempt of Court Enforcement option

“It has regrettably become all too common in divorce litigation that allegations are traded back and forth between the parties, with scant regard for the obligation […]
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