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Here’s Why You Need an ANC (Whether You Marry Here or Overseas)

It’s important to sort out all the legalities before your wedding date.

Upfront legal advice and assistance is essential here. We’ll look by way of example at the “international wedding” scenario - at which country’s “marital regime” will apply to you (that’s vital knowledge so don’t ignore this), the grey areas surrounding the “domicile” issue, and a very simple way to avoid any doubt or dispute down the line.

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Selling Property this Festive Season? 3 Tips for a Smooth Transfer

The Festive Season can be a great time to sell property, and to buy it. 

Regardless of whether you are a buyer or a seller, we are talking here about an important and valuable asset – perhaps the most important you will ever own.  So it’s critical to both parties that you do everything you can to make the whole process as professional, quick, smooth and hassle-free as you possibly can. 

We share three tips for achieving just that …

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Closing Down the Guesthouse Next Door: Notes for Owners and Neighbours

Are you planning to open a guesthouse?  Or perhaps you live next door to an existing guesthouse and for some reason want to have it shut down?

Either way, you need to know what your rights are, and what you will have to prove if you end up in a court battle.  By way of illustration we discuss an attempt by residents of a quiet suburb to shut down a guesthouse amidst allegations of noise, wild parties and nuisance guests. 

The Court’s decision is as important for all would-be guesthouse owners as it is for their neighbours.

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Creditors and Debtors: Important New Prescription Judgment
Running into debt isn’t so bad. It’s running into creditors that hurts” (Unknown)


The fact that debts prescribe (become uncollectable after a period of time) presents as much of a threat to a creditor as it does an opportunity to a debtor so it’s important for both to understand the process.   

We’ll list the periods that apply to common types of debt and talk about prescription being “delayed” or “interrupted”.  We’ll focus in particular on a recent and very important Supreme Court of Appeal decision answering the question: “Can a debtor’s admission of liability interrupt prescription even if it is made without prejudice during settlement negotiations?”  

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Facebook Revenge: The Defamation Danger

Our laws of defamation are there to help you protect your good name from unlawful attack, and a recent High Court judgment about a defamatory Facebook post is a pertinent reminder of how this protection applies online as well as in the real world.

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