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Facing a Financial Emergency – Now what?

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5 Steps to get you out of a Financial Emergency For most of us it might be inevitable to find ourselves in a financial emergency at some stage of our life. Any unexpected situation can easily lead to you feeling both blindsided and vulnerable - from a job loss to any unplanned expense such as medical, car/home repairs, or even a change in your general financial situation. The reality remains that during these emergencies there is still a financial obligation in terms of your basic needs and your creditors. Here are a few steps you can take to manage the crisis while reducing...

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Identity Fraud Awareness

identity fraud

Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.” ― Dr. Seuss. This is one of my favourite quotes, but can there actually be two of you? I recently had a client who was excitedly finalising the arrangements for her upcoming wedding. We drafted her antenuptial contract and a day before she was scheduled to sign, we received a call from her marriage officer… She was a victim of identity fraud and was actually listed as married with the Department of Home Affairs. In South Africa, you are not legally allowed to...

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Signing documents in a foreign country

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Signing documents outside of the Republic of South Africa can be problematic because different procedures apply depending on the rules of the country where the documents are to be signed. Modern commerce has resulted in the exchange of documents across borders which leads to affidavits and conveyancing documents being signed in a foreign country. A typical property transfer requires various FICA affidavits, marriage declarations and a power of attorney to be signed. It is, however, a regular occurrence that the grantor or the seller, in simple terms, is either travelling or resides in a foreign country. The following needs to be kept in...

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Conveyancing Made Easy

conveyancing made easy

Blog article by: Brendan Michie – Director at Hammond Pole Attorneys. Buying a property can sometimes be a cumbersome process and before you can settle into your new home, there are contracts, lawyers, and procedures that need to be dealt with. As a law firm we regularly get questions about conveyancing, how it works and why you need us. I trust the following will make this part of the home buying process just that much easier. What is a conveyancer? A conveyancing attorney is one of the most important entities in the home-buying process. The conveyancer attends to almost all property related transactions...

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Women of South Africa – Know Your Rights

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“And one day she discovered that she was fierce, and strong, and full of fire, and that not even she could hold herself back because her passion burned brighter than her fears.” - Mark Anthony, The Beautiful Truth Every year, during National Women’s Month social media platforms increase awareness about gender-based violence (GBV) against women, which domestic violence is the most common of all gender-based violence, not only in South Africa, but across the globe. This has created a synopsis of cases reported in the media which sadly does not even signify the actual figures of daily cases where women have...

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