South Africa Law

  • The Consumer Protection Act No 68 of 2008 (CPA): Expiry and Renewal of fixed term contracts/agreements, especially Leases. Continued: Section 14 (3) & (4).

    Today; to finalise this set of blogs on the above topic; we look at the last two subsections of section 14 dealing with the expiry and renewal of fixed term contracts and once again we will concentrate on leases as this is the most frequent source of enquiry; although the provisions of the whole of section 14 apply to ALL fixed term contracts.

  • We had an interesting scenario and query raised with us last week.

    It was an inquiry from an employer whose employee had helped himself to money that was due to him.

  • All aspects of civil law advice and legal/paralegal services including civil suits to recover monies due or damages due to you. Letters of demand; office draft summonses, contracts, general advice etc

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  •  mediation web

    Many businesses around the world are increasingly opting for mediation as a method of commercial dispute resolution.

    We recently received the following question.

     “My company is in business and is quite often embroiled in legal disputes that end in expensive litigation. This takes time, sometimes years, and is not only time consuming, but is expensive and frustrating. I realise that legal disputes are part and parcel of the business environment, but it would be nice if we could resolve some of these disputes faster and with less expense. Have you any ideas as I have heard about the subject “mediation”, but am not sure if this would is a good idea or simply be delaying the inevitable litigation?”

  • Consumer Law | The Legal Advice Office

    Consumer law advice and legal services especially pertaining to the purchase of defective and damaged motor vehicles and your remedies in these circumstances. Cancellation of Leases and contracts etc.  

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  • The Consumer Protection Act No 68 of 2008 (CPA): Section 56 (2): Consumers rights and choices.

    We were looking in our last blog at the implied warranty on the quality of goods guaranteed by the Consumer Protection Act and more particularly section 55 ( & 56) of that piece of legislation.

    There is still a lot of confusion about the Consumer’s Right to choose a Repair, Replacement or Refund in respect of Damaged or Defective Goods as guaranteed by these sections of the Act.

  • Legal advice and assistance on all aspects of both criminal law and criminal procedure. Advice and legal services on criminal charges, drunken driving charges, bail applications, court processes, etc.

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  • Legal advice and legal and paralegal services; on all aspects of family law such as divorce, maintenance, custody. access to children; adoption, parenting plans, separation agreements, and general legal advice

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  • What do you do if you purchase a defective motor vehicle from a new or second hand vehicle?

    What recourse do you have?

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    In Debt

    We all owe money to one or more creditors.

    Sometimes it is a lot of money owed to a bank like for example the bond on our house or the car that we bought for ourselves or the family.

    At other times it is a smaller amounts owed on a credit card or on one or more clothing accounts etc.

    All debt and the repayment of debt is however important and we should not underestimate the role it plays in all of our lives. As we know; credit providers including banks, financial institutions, clothing shops and other retailers provide information on our debt levels and our record of repaying that debt to the various credit record companies like ITC, Experian etc; and it is these records that give other retailers an indication of your credit health. They do research before they decide whether or not to lend you money or allow you to open another account. Your credit health and record are vitally important to your everyday life and financial well-being. It is to your advantage to look after your credit health.

  • What do I need to do?

    An often heard plea.

    Every working day hundreds of people get divorced throughout the RSA.

  • The Legal Advice Office offers affordable Legal Advice as well as Legal and Paralegal Services throughout South Africa.

    Our legal advice and services are based on 40 years of experience in the professional legal field. As a purely internet based legal consultancy business, we pride ourselves in personal, professional and efficient service at affordable rates and undertake to revert to our clients within 48 hours of their query being received by us

  • What grounds do I need to cancel a sale?

    What process must I follow?

  • buying a lemon car

    What do you do if you purchase a defective motor vehicle from a new or second hand vehicle? How does the Consumer Protection Act No 68 of 2008 (CPA) and the common law protect you? What do you need to do and what are the guidelines in this situation?

    Because of the number of queries we receive on a weekly basis from our clients with regard to damaged and defective vehicle that they have bought; we are once again going to look at what to do in the situation where you have bought a “lemon” from a motor vehicle dealer.

  • If you have been injured in an accident; whether it is a motor vehicle accident or some other type of accident; you may well have a civil claim for damages.

    This claim could be against the driver of the other vehicle or his/her third party insurer, in the case of a motor car accident.

    In other circumstances; you could have a claim for injuries sustained by you against the person who caused those injuries through their negligent or intentional actions.

  • wills

    On Friday, we looked at the basic requirements of Wills.

    Today; we will look at some of the content of a will.

    Anybody can draft a will. It need not be an attorney or lawyer; but only attorneys may advertise the fact that they draft wills draft people, as per the provisions of the Attorneys Act.

    The full names and identity of the testator or testatrix must appear in the will and they must sign same in full as we sated in our last blog. Use your Id number and your address to properly identify yourself.

  • alternative dispute resolution

    Have you ever heard of “alternative dispute resolution?”

    One of the services The Legal Advice Office provides to our clients, and other interested parties; is alternative dispute resolution procedures.

    These procedures broadly speaking include interventions, mediation, arbitration and other dispute resolution procedures and methods to settle disputes between two parties without proceeding with a civil court action; which could cost tens of thousands of Rands; take two years to finalise; and, if you lose, you have to pay a portion of the other person’s costs.

    Alternative dispute resolution is cheaper, quicker and more efficient.

    Here is an example of such a situation; which we dealt with during the course of this last month.

  • Fixed term contracts, in certain circumstances, can now be lawfully terminated in terms of the Consumer Protection Act No 68 of 2008 (CPA.)

    Prior to this Act; which came into effect on the 1st April 2011; the law of contract and the common law dealt exclusively with the issue of when, where and how fixed term agreements, including leases, expired or were renewed.

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