Property Specialists

Property Specialists

Our Property Specialists Our conveyancing team collectively has more than 40 years’ experience in providing conveyancing services and property-related legal advice. As property specialists, we assist clients with residential and commercial transfers, developments,...

Occupational Rent

Occupational Rent

Occupational Rent Once a sale agreement has been signed, the transfer process begins and typically takes 8 to 12 weeks. Ownership of the property concerned will pass to the purchaser on registration of transfer in the Deeds Registry (“Date of Transfer”). In most...

Emigration

Emigration

Emigration Considerations Packing up your entire life, leaving your familiar surroundings and moving to a foreign country is an emotional and stressful life event. If you want to be proactive and avoid some unnecessary costs and nuisances while you are settling into...

Independent Trustees

Independent Trustees

Family Trusts : Independent Trustees South African legislation does not specifically require the appointment of independent trustees. There is however, a duty on trustees to act in the best interests of the beneficiaries. The Supreme Court of Appeal, in Land and...

What is a cession

What is a cession

Legalese: Cession A common clause in an agreement, is one that stipulates that one party’s rights in terms of the agreement may not be ceded without the prior consent of the other party. What is a cession? A cession is the transfer of a personal right from one person...

Bond Approval

Bond Approval

Do you have to secure bond approval before a sale agreement? Many sale agreements require the purchaser to secure bond approval before the agreement becomes binding. Sometimes it is not clear when this is actually obtained because there are different stages to the...

Sectional Title Disputes

Sectional Title Disputes

The Sectional Title Schemes Management Act 8 of 2011 and the Community Schemes Ombud Service Act 9 of 2011 came into operation in 2016. Both Acts introduced various changes to sectional title law in South Africa. One of the notable changes is the establishment of an...

Witness

Witness

Witness: What does this word mean? A witness in the context of written documents is a natural person who is physically present when a party signs an agreement to confirm that he/she saw that party sign the document. A competent witness is commonly defined as a person...

Breach of Contract

Breach of Contract

Breach of Contract - What does this mean? A breach of a contract means the failure of one party to meet that party’s obligations in an agreement. This can come about by either doing something a person was obliged not to do or failing to do something they were obliged...

Domicilium citandi et executandi

Domicilium citandi et executandi

Domicilium citandi et executandi - What does this mean? Domicilium citandi et executandi, roughly translated, means the physical address at which legal notices and process (eg summons) can be served on you. A post office box address is not sufficient for the purposes...