legal advice banner

Legal Advice

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.

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

break lease agreement

You can not just pack up and move out.

The termination or cancellation of a commercial lease agreement/s is always a legal conundrum.

One of the matters that we specialise in is Consumer law and also in lease agreement cancellations and terminations.

It is a contract and must be dealt with correctly and legally if you want to cancel it or terminate it prematurely ie before its expiry date.

You cannot just cancel a lease agreement.

If you breach the lease and simply vacate and abandon the premises the High Court can grant the landlord an order for specific performance.

This can mean that the court orders you to return to the premises and pay the rental for the balance of the lease period. Alternatively, it can allow the landlord the right to cancel the lease because of your breach and grant an order for damages in favour of the landlord being equivalent to the rent due for the balance of the period.

defective motor web 

What are your rights when your vehicle breaks again as a result of soddy workmanship?

We still get a lot of enquiries from clients and consumers who feel that they have been ripped off.

A recent example was of a client who had his vehicle repaired by a service provider in Welkom in the Orange Free State.

 “My vehicle broke down on the N1 four months ago. I had the vehicle towed to a service centre in Welkom with an oil leak on the Gearbox. They ended up redoing the engine which took more than 4 months. After doing the engine on the vehicle and when it was still in their workshop; there was a bearing knock and they had to redo the engine again. I had already paid them R162 000.00 for this first repair and they then wanted to charge me again for the second repair even though they never returned the vehicle to me and they failed while the vehicle was still with them to repair it properly in the first place in terms of their quote. What are my rights?”

aging parents no adoption web

The short answer is no

A week or two ago, The Legal Advice Office got the following query:

 “Can you please assist with advice in this regard?

I have been raised as the only child by parents, who are not my biological parents. Although I regard them as my true parents, I was never formally adopted by them. They are both in ill-health and I don’t think they have a will. They don’t have much, but I am concerned that if they die, I will lose the possessions that they do have. Will I be able to inherit from them when they pass away even if I was never formally adopted?”

cyber bullies

Cyberbullies and online harassers hide facelessly behind an electronic façade from where they do their dirty work.

Last week The Legal Advice Office got the following query on this subject:

 “About three weeks ago a man started sending me inappropriate e-mails and posting lewd and suggestive comments and messages on my Facebook and Google plus pages. I’ve tried blocking the person and telling him to stop, but he keeps changing his email address and user profile and keeps coming back. I am at my wit's end and don’t even want to look at my phone or computer anymore. Is there anything I can do?”

Trus fund 3

You don’t have to lose all control over assets in a trust

Firstly; let us have a look at Trusts

 The general nature of a discretionary trust is to exist separately from the donor, with the trustees owning and managing the trust assets to the benefit of the beneficiaries of the said trust (in their capacity as trustees acting in a fiduciary relationship).

The assets that have been donated or sold to the trust are legally owned separately from the donor and the trustees’ personal estate and accordingly do not form part of the personal estates of the donor or trustees. These assets are kept, owned and managed on behalf of the discretionary beneficiaries. These are the core principles which the majority of people who establish trusts, are familiar with. 

alzheimers grandpa with child

The law allows each individual person who is a major and over the age of 18 years of age to manage and control their own affairs and finances; but what happens when they cannot do so?

We received this query a week ago.

“My mother has been living with Alzheimer’s for a number of years now. She has always been very independent and insisted on managing her own affairs and finances even after my father passed away in 2008. Unfortunately, of late, she has deteriorated very badly, to the point where I am very concerned about her financial situation and her care. I know my father left her some money, and I want to make sure that this money is correctly used for her care and wellbeing. But am I allowed to take over control of her affairs?”

Drunken driving 2

 The reality is that the arrest of a person doesn’t necessarily only happen to violent or hardened criminals

Below is an email to The Legal Advice Office from last Thursday.

 “ The son of a friend of mine was arrested two weekends ago In Rondebosch (Cape Town) for drunk driving and this has been quite a traumatic experience for her and her family to get their son released on bail. I have to admit I know nothing about bail or the bail process and I am worried that I won’t know what to do if, heaven forbid, my own child be arrested on some future occasion.

Please advise as to how bail works and what one needs to know and do in these circumstances.”

travellers marriage

A “traveller’s marriage” may seem romantic, but can quickly turn into a nightmare! 

 As the world gets smaller and smaller and global movement increases, an “international wedding” becomes a much greater reality for many couples.

From the beach wedding in Mauritius to the castle wedding in Ireland or the Tuscan wedding in Italy.

These are all distinct possibilities if one can afford it.

This international marriage or “traveller’s marriage” may seem romantic, but can quickly turn into a nightmare when questions regarding the matrimonial property regime of the parties are raised at the time of a divorce or the death of one of the parties to the marriage.

The question arises as to which legal regime governs the marriage: the country where they were married, the home country of a spouse, or the country in which the couple reside? Left in the air, the romantic traveller’s marriage could very well turn into a wearisome ball and chain and legal nightmare.

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

News Feed

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