Your rights and responsibilities as the client of an attorney

As the client of an attorney, you have the right • to professional, honest and unbiased advice at all times; • to be treated with professional courtesy, respect and fairness, regardless of your race, nationality, age, gender, sexual orientation or disability; • to privacy and attorney-client confidentiality; • to agree the type of service …

Good News From The 2012 / 2013 Budget

23 February 2012 Lew Geffen, chairman of Sotheby’s International Realty in SA, says: “Today’s Budget holds out excellent prospects for the speedy improvement of the real estate market and the sustainability of that recovery. “The most important macro aspects include Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan’s strong stance, re-iterated throughout his speech, …

How to buy a distressed/repo property?

How to buy a distressed/repo property? 09 Nov 2011 Now is a good time to buy distressed and repossessed properties thanks to low interest rates and available stock in the property market. A distressed property can be defined as property that is under a foreclosure order or is advertised for …

Social networking tools such as Facebook, Twitter and MXit are becoming the easiest way to prove marriages have irretrievably broken down in contested divorces.

NIVASHNI NAIR | 10 October, 2011 00:44 – Times Live A wealthy Durban doctor created a fake Facebook profile as a “hot young thing” to gather evidence against her husband in their divorce battle. A Johannesburg businessman installed cameras in the study where his wife logged on to social networking …

Destruction of a scheme

29 September 2011 Section 48 of the Sectional Titles Act 95 of 1986 (the “Act”) provides inter alia that the owners may by unanimous resolution agree to the destruction of the building, comprising a sectional title scheme. Section 49 of the Act, furthermore, provides that where the owners may also by unanimous resolution resolve …

Start building a healthy credit record

24 Sep 2011 It’s never too early to start building a healthy credit record. It is also important for potential borrowers to pay attention to the implications of the National Credit Act, which provides that lenders must ensure, before they grant any new credit, that borrowers will not be committing …

If you can afford it, buy that home!

09 Sep 2011 Currently, low house prices and interest rates offer a once-in a lifetime opportunity for buyers to enter the residential property market. A low interest rate environment allows individuals to qualify for larger loan amounts or pay lower instalments on a loan than would otherwise be afforded. Standard …