Having documents commissioned should be a relatively simple task. In practice, however, minor mistakes, like a missed initial, can undermine the integrity of the entire process. Unfortunately, this is often only cured by returning to the commissioner of oaths and repeating the exercise. To avoid this and prevent getting caught out, we explain the basics of commissioning and some tips on preventing misfires.
As the age old saying goes “Ignorance of the law is not an excuse”. The position under South African law is clear - both parents have a duty to maintain their children according to their [...]
Deceased Estates, the necessity of having a valid will and of course the age old dilemma – “to wed or not to wed…. that is the question”
With a lack of knowledge of South African law, one could be left with the popular misconception that common law marriages exist and become applicable when living with your partner in a permanent relationship. In the past, if you merely lived as husband and wife, but did not actually get married, you were not protected by South African Law should your partner pass away as you did not automatically inherit from his estate.
Getting married and planning a wedding is one of the most important days in a person’s life. The focus tends to be on the venue, flowers, the perfect dress and which song to dance to [...]
In South Africa there are three distinct types of marriages and three laws currently provide for the status of partners in these relationships. These are the Marriage Act (Act 25 of 1961), which provides for [...]
The Western Cape High Court recently addressed this question in the appeal matter of Blomerus v Blomerus (A461/2010) in which the appellant appealed against a variation order of maintenance payable in respect of minor children. [...]