Do You Need a Will?

Legal
It’s natural for one not to want to make plans for one own’s mortality, but we owe it to ourselves and our loved ones to do exactly that, and to do it without delay. Why? The Yale Book of Quotations quotes “‘Tis impossible to be sure of any thing but Death and Taxes,” from Christopher Bullock’s book, The Cobler of Preston (1716). Simply put, sooner or later we all die … but no one knows exactly when. Without a Will, you forfeit your right (and duty) to ensure that your loved ones are properly catered for after your death. A professionally-drawn Will will also greatly reduce the risk of your grieving family having to deal with uncertainty as to your wishes, bitter infighting and expensive litigation. What happens if you don’t leave…
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Buying Your First House – An Action Plan

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So you’ve decided to buy your first house – exciting! There’s nothing like owning and living in your very own dream house, and if you choose wisely your home could well be one of your most important investments ever. Get started with these tips – First, understand how much cash you will need Make a list of all the costs you need to plan for (there are plenty of convenient online calculators to help you figure out what your transfer and bond costs are going to be so Google for one that suits you) – Deposit: Unless you pay the whole purchase price in cash, you will need to take out a loan from a bond – which is normally secured through the registration of a bond over the property. You…
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“You’re Fired for Misconduct” v “No, I Resign” – Who Wins?

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You want to charge one of your employees with serious misconduct so you institute disciplinary proceedings. To avoid a possible dismissal the employee resigns “with immediate effect”. Can you go ahead with disciplining the employee? Until recently the answer was no, the Labour Court having decided in such a matter that immediate resignation brings an end to the employment relationship and puts the employee beyond your reach. Employers will be relieved to know that a new Labour Court decision in Coetzee v Zeitz Mocaa Foundation Trust and Another (C517/2018) [2018] ZALCCT 20 has reversed that. Looking for a loophole The Executive Director and Head Curator of an art museum was invited by his employer to “make written representations in respect of allegations of serious misconduct”. He supposedly then resigned immediately and without notice,…
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