GREAT BEGINNING TO THE NEW YEAR

GREAT BEGINNING TO THE NEW YEAR

After a blessed year in 2017, most of us could take some time off over the Christmas season to rest and recharge for another exciting year that lies ahead. We had not forgotten about the children of Blikkiesdorp and early this year we donated stationery and paper to the kids who had burrowed a deep place in our hearts. Our friend Clarina, that drives the Animal Ambulance and looks after the four legged animals of Blikkiesdorp knows most of the…

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RENTAL DEPOSITS RECLAIMED

RENTAL DEPOSITS RECLAIMED

What to know when your landlord has your deposit and has failed to pay it out You have viewed the new property and secured it by paying the correct deposit amount to the landlord. With the transition into your new space being as breezy as it was, no red flags were raised as to how your landlord could trick you going forward. How do you approach a situation where your landlord won’t pay you back your deposit after you move…

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ALL WORK AND NO PAY

ALL WORK AND NO PAY

What are your rights as an employee if your employer has not paid you?  Under some circumstances, your salary notification might pop in 2 days after the expected pay date due to banking with a different institution. But what happens when a few more days pass and no salary has reflected, even after you have checked with your bank? You may be tempted to wait it out and hope for the best, but as an employee, you are protected by…

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GETTING MARRIED – YOUR NETT VALUE CAN BE KEPT PRIVATE

GETTING MARRIED – YOUR NETT VALUE CAN BE KEPT PRIVATE

Angela Baker and Stanton du Doit are both wealthy individuals but they enjoy maintaining an ordinary lifestyle. They consulted with a MHI notary who explained that their ante nuptial contract will be registered at the Deeds Office and will in effect be a public document. They enquired with their notary about whether there is an alternative option to keep their current financial position private. There is a solution to their problem; they can declare their nett commencement values of their…

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A PROUD MOMENT

A PROUD MOMENT

Each year, at the Law Society’s AGM and Conference, the Society recognises the candidates who have achieved the highest marks for each of the professional examinations. For the past financial period, Leigh Vencencie has achieved the highest mark in the Northern, Western and Eastern Cape provinces for the Conveyancing Examination. The Law Society bestowed an Award upon her at the Gala dinner event held in East London recently. A proud moment for MHI. Jurgens celebrated his 50th birthday this month….

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WHAT IS THE ROLE OF A CURATOR BONIS & HOW IS HE/SHE APPOINTED?

WHAT IS THE ROLE OF A CURATOR BONIS & HOW IS HE/SHE APPOINTED?

A curator bonis is a person (usually an attorney or advocate) appointed by the High Court to manage the financial interests and assets of a person who has been declared to be unable to do so. The reason for his/her inability could stem from mental or physical incapacity. To illustrate: John has been diagnosed with dementia and can no longer manage to take care of his day to day or long-term financial affairs. In such a case it would be…

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DISMISSING AN EMPLOYEE FOR RACISM

DISMISSING AN EMPLOYEE FOR RACISM

There are different reasons why an employer might consider firing an employee. After teacher Keith Arlow had been fired from St John’s College in Johannesburg for being found to have victimised pupils based on their race, the question of dismissal due to racism was brought up. Initially, Arlow was issued with a final written warning, stepped down from senior positions he held at the school and allegedly received a pay cut. However, Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi, was not satisfied…

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CAN I SUE A SHOPPING CENTRE IF I SLIP AND FALL?

CAN I SUE A SHOPPING CENTRE IF I SLIP AND FALL?

By law, owners of businesses or property are required to take reasonable steps to ensure the safety of the general public. At minimum, owners or managers are required to warn the public of any potential dangers they have caused, are aware of or believe could occur. So if a shopping centre has not met these requirements and you’re injured on their property as a result, you may have a valid claim. These are a few examples of the requirements shopping…

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DEMYSTIFYING THE EXECUTOR IN A DECEASED ESTATE

DEMYSTIFYING THE EXECUTOR IN A DECEASED ESTATE

During a person’s lifetime s/he will gather assets, in other words, belongings such as a house or a motor vehicle. These assets and liabilities will form part of a person’s estate. At the death of that person, his/her deceased estate must be administered, in other words, divided, distributed and controlled by someone. This person is called an executor. However, the role of an estate executor and who can be appointed as one has been largely misunderstood. What does the executor…

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MHI FRONT RUNNERS IN DEFAMATION ON SOCIAL MEDIA

MHI FRONT RUNNERS IN DEFAMATION ON SOCIAL MEDIA

Compiled by Denver Titus  MHI INVOLVED IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE COMMON LAW OF DEFAMATION INVOLVING PUBLICATION ON SOCIAL MEDIA  On 21 November 2016 Judge Dennis Davis handed down judgement in the Western Cape High Court in the matter between WALDIS AND ANOTHER v VON ULMENSTEIN 2017 (4) SA 503 (WCC). In this case an urgent application was instituted by Le Chocolatier, a producer of premium chocolate products, and its founder, Daniel Waldis (“the Applicants”), against Christiane Von Ulmenstein, represented…

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