Master of the High Court: Intestate Succession

IF YOU DO NOT LEAVE A WILL http://www.justice.gov.za/master/m_deseased/deceased_intestate.html See the Intestate Succession Act. Any person of 16 years and over is free to make a will in order to determine how his/her estate should devolve upon his/her death. If you die without a will, your estate will devolve in terms of the rules of intestate… Continue Reading

How To Identify Real Estate Fraud

How to Identify Real Estate Fraud Encountering property fraud can be one of the worst experiences in your life. Knowing how to identify these scams can help your family to avoid unnecessary loss and litigation. Although there are many different scams, the most common scams involve fake realtors using real listings to make themselves appear… Continue Reading

Are your sectional title affairs in a mess

Are your sectional title affairs in a mess (your body corporate owes a fortune in arrear municipal charges)? You may consider appointing an administrator to halt legal proceedings and negotiate a way out. The Application to appoint an Administrator for a fixed period with the purpose of rehabilitating the scheme, is brought in terms of… Continue Reading

Does a municipality need a court order prior to terminating electricity to premises?

Anva Properties CC // End Street Entertainment Enterprises CC Anva Properties (The Applicant) sought an order authorizing it to terminate the electricity supply to a unit in a building situated in Cape Town. The matter was heard in the Western Cape High Court in April 2015. The Applicant is the owner of the building and… Continue Reading

Altering the surname of a minor

A client asked: My wife and I have been raising her son. The biological father had passed. How can we change his surname to mine? You can change the surname of a minor: If a child is born out of wedlock and the mother marries a person other than the child’s biological father and wishes… Continue Reading

Domestic Violence

Source: A simple guide to South African Family Law by Nthabiseng Monareng What is domestic violence? Domestic violence is the term used when a person in a household abuses another person with whom he or she is living. It occurs between people who are in a relationship with each other. These relationships include married couples,… Continue Reading

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