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Types of Marriages and their effects on Matrimonial Property

South African law recognises two marriage systems, civil marriages and customary marriages.

It is commonly, and incorrectly, believed that couples, whether heterosexual or same-sex, living together for a long period of time results in a common law marriage, thus giving each spouse the equal protection of the law. South African law does not give automatic rights to partners in a cohabitation relationship.

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The costs involved when purchasing a property

Buying a home is the biggest financial commitment that most people will make in their lifetime. Wouldn’t it be lovely if the price tag on your new home was all you had to pay?

In reality, there are several hidden and not-so-hidden costs associated with buying property. It is worth planning for these in advance of transfer so that you can be sure you have the funds in place.

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The importance of having a professionally drafted will

A will is one of the most important documents, when dealing with a deceased estate, as it ensures that the final wishes of the deceased are adhered to.

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Does flying a drone over another’s property constitute trespassing?

One day in July of 2015 William Meredith spotted a drone flying over his property in Kentucky.

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This is a tough, but hopeful budget

The focus of this year's budget speech was essentially investing in the education of our future leaders, and property buyers.

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The New Income Tax Rates

In developing these tax proposals, government reviewed the potential contributions from the three major tax instruments which raise over 80% of our revenue; personal and corporate income tax and VAT

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Our Conveyancing Attorneys share 5 Tips for New Property Buyers

Throughout the process of house hunting, it’s easy to overlook important drawbacks whilst admiring the charming aspects of a new home.

Buying property can be one of the most important purchases you will ever make, so be prepared and have a plan before diving into the thrill of house hunting.

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Are you liable to pay historic municipal debt due on your property?

The Constitutional Court recently held that historical municipal debt does not “survive” transfer. In other words, the new purchaser or successor in title cannot be held liable after transfer for any municipal debt incurred before transfer. Historical municipal debt referring to that debt attached to a property, which is older than two years at the date of application for a rates clearance certificate.

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A ‘Living Will’ Explained

A living will is a document that allows you to state your wishes for your medical care once you are unable to communicate your own decisions.

A living will has no power after your death.

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Land Tenure Act Unconstitutional Finding Halts Eviction

Although the government attempted to provide ownership rights to those who did not have the opportunities to these rights under apartheid, the Act was unfortunately flawed.

The Act paved the way for further gender injustices to ensue due to the fact that land tenure rights had only been granted to men in the first place.

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