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Welcome to the Legal Advice Office in South Africa

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.

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firearm lisence

The application to renew a firearm license must be filed at least 90 days before the expiry date.

During the course of last week; we received the following query.

 “I own a 9 mm Parabellum firearm, which has always been validly and legally licensed. At the end of last year and the first three months of 2018, I was out of the country for five months as a result of work commitments and as a result was unable to renew my firearm licence before its expiry in March 2018.

On my return, in April 2018, I went to the police, but they told me that because my licence had not timeously been renewed; the license was now invalid and that my possession of the firearm was now illegal.

Can this really be the case? Surely I have a valid excuse for not having renewed my licence on time?”

child emigration banner

Can my child become a foreign national without my consent?

A couple of times a year we get an inquiry along these lines and we had one during this last week; so let’s try to answer the client’s question for you.

Below is the actual question:

 “I am a recently divorced mother and I want to permanently relocate to Australia with my minor child as I have obtained a wonderful work opportunity in Sydney; which will benefit both myself in the long term and my child eventually.

However, my ex, the father of my child, refuses to give his consent, despite the fact that the child resides permanently with me in terms of our divorce order.

The question is do I need his consent in writing or otherwise to take my son with me to Australia?”

 swimming pool kid

However, there are certain safety requirements which must be complied with.

What are they?

A swimming pool can represent a very real safety risk, and many a swimming pool owner has experienced a near drowning.

It is for this reason that the legislature has seen fit to provide regulations that govern the safe operation of swimming pools.

land expropriator

What is expropriation? Part 1:

The definition of the verb “expropriate” is usually couched as follows: “To take possession of (property), especially for public use, thus divesting the title of the private owner eg the government expropriated the owners land for a road, electricity pylons or for a public recreational area. In plain words, it means “to take something from one person’s possession for another one’s use and benefit.”

 lawyers attorneys and paralegals

The Legal Profession: Lawyers: Who are they and what functions do they deliver?

In this blog; we thought we would answer a question which often arises; as the man in the street gets confused between lawyers, attorneys, advocates and several other generic names for those who practice law as legal practitioners.

We hope to clarify this question.

Who and what are lawyers?

CONSUMERPROTECTION

Motor vehicles are one of our most prized possessions and yet many of us have nightmares when we buy a motor vehicle from a dealership and we have numerous problems with the vehicle we bought.

This happens often; but there is a solution.

Over the past month; we have had numerous queries from consumers who have bought cars from second hand car dealers; and who are a short while later, discovering various serious defects in those vehicles.

This clearly is a problem and the dealers, by and large, do not abide by the law or otherwise seek to interpret in a manner which is beneficial to them and not the customer.

Consumer Protection

The answer to this question is found in The Consumer Protection Act: No 68 of 2008(CPA): Section 55: Consumer’s rights to safe, good quality goods:

“Quality is everyone’s responsibility” is a quote by W. Edward Deming; and should be aspired to by all of us.

In our previous blog we looked at what you can do if you buy a defective item.

Now we look at why it is that we enjoy that protection.

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.

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Legal Advice Office

South Africa

Kandelaar Street, Vermont, Hermanus
Phone: +27 (028) 316 2832
Email: info@legaladviceoffice.co.za

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