legal advice banner

Legal Advice Office in South Africa

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.

------------------------------------      email legal advice     ------------------------------------

In our last blog we looked at proprietary rights on divorce.

Today we look specifically at pension benefits at divorce.

One needs to be very careful about how retirement benefits are divided between spouses at the time of a divorce. Many people including their own attorneys get it wrong and leave non-member spouses, in particular, financially vulnerable as a result. And some of those getting it wrong are the so-called experts including divorce lawyers and retirement fund trustees and advisors.

It is a sad fact of life that many of our marriages end up in a divorce; and as the statistics imply that up to two-thirds of all marriages, depending on where you live and into what social bracket you fall, end in a divorce; it is advisable to know your rights.

A divorce order should cover the dissolution of the marriage, custody, guardianship and care of children, maintenance for the spouse (if applicable) and the division of/or be awarding of assets and liabilities acquired before, during and at the end of the marriage relationship.

Dismissal

An employer cannot just dismiss you without a fair and impartial disciplinary hearing.

Last week; we received the following email inquiry.

“I was recently fired as a manager of a retail clothing company. The company held me responsible for a certain stock theft that happened under my watch, claiming that I was negligent in my duties. I was asked to leave without any prior verbal warnings, written warnings or even a disciplinary hearing.  Surely, I should at least have been given a fair opportunity to give the company my side of the story and to and show them that I was not negligent in any way in the execution of my duties and that I was in fact innocent. Please advise.”

You are absolutely correct.

We get asked both telephonically and by e-mail a number of questions on Labour Law which come up time and time again and so we thought we would just answer certain of these questions in this short blog so that the answers are there for all to see.

 e sign morgage

An electronic agreement for the purchase of a house is not currently valid in our law.

We get many varied emails and queries from people all over the country on a daily basis.

Some are straightforward; others really interesting.

At The Legal Advice Office; we received the following query last week

 “I am in the process of purchasing a house in Pretoria, but live in Bloemfontein.

I recently bought my motor vehicle by merely signing certain online documentation electronically, and it was so quick and easy to complete. I asked the estate agent in Pretoria who is acting for the seller if I can use the same technology to purchase the house, but she said that the contract won’t be valid if I sign it electronically. Is this true? Please, could you advise me?”

water bill faulty

If the meter is defective then it is the responsibility of the municipality to not only repair it they would also be liable for the cost of the wasted water.

 Here is the gist of an email inquiry we received last week:

 “Hugh; thank you for taking my earlier call. I live in Newlands in Cape Town and as you know we have severe water restrictions. I’ve really tried to cut down on my water consumption and over the last year, it‘s been very low. However, over the past 4 months my municipal water accounts suddenly more than tripled. Knowing this cannot be right I queried my accounts with the municipality. They said the consumption was correct according to my water meter and I must pay or my water would be cut off. The only explanation I have is that the water meter is not working correctly; but whose responsibility is it to verify this and whose responsibility is the excess water usage if it is defective?”

Subscribe to our Legal Advice Blog

Follow our weekly Blogs:
To Subscribe to our Legal Advice blog is simple and easy. Just type your email address at the bottom and click GO

Legal Advice Office

South Africa

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

Like what you see?

Close

Hit the buttons below to follow us, you won't regret it...

0
Shares