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Buying a Home for the First Time – A Consumer’s Guide

When it comes to buying a home, many first-time buyers don’t realise that there are many factors to take into consideration throughout the entire buying process. This article aims to provide some important guidelines to consumers who are looking at buying a home.

Marriage in Community of Property - Types of Spousal Consent

Marriage in community of property is a type of matrimonial regime which joins the estates of the two spouses into one estate of equal shares.

Therefore, the couple who marries in community of property owns the joint estate together and the estate can only be divided should the couple choose to terminate the marriage.

Festive Season's Greetings from Our Attorneys in South Africa

We are about to say goodbye to yet another year and, with it, another decade and we believe that in order to welcome in a successful new year, we must be grateful for the year that has passed.

Are Witness Signatures Required on Sale Agreements and Contracts?

Many may wonder whether it’s necessary to have a witness signature on a legal document such as sale agreements and contracts. However, a witness signature serves as evidence to the fact that each party to the agreement did in fact sign the document in question.

Electronic Signatures – Are They Legally Binding in South Africa?

Organisations are choosing to use electronic and digital solutions such as electronic signatures and communication in order to save time and money. However, many individuals are still sceptical about the validity of electronic signatures and whether or not they are legally binding.

Verbal Agreements in South Africa – When are Conversations Binding?

There are many disputes that come from contracts that were based on verbal agreements between two or more parties. Although there is no paper trail that can prove a verbal contract, verbal agreements are as legally binding as written and signed contracts.

Close Corporation – Personal Liability and Member’s Authority

Since the change of company laws in South Africa, owning a new close corporation is no longer possible. However, these changes did not affect any close corporations which were already in existence and such CC’s still require regulation as before.

Buying a House in a Trust which Already Exists in South Africa

There are certain advantages and disadvantages that come with buying a house in a trust that already exists.

In this article, we discuss the various benefits and implications of purchasing immovable property in the name of an existing trust.

VAT or Transfer Duty in South Africa – Which is Payable on Property?

In order to know whether you will be paying VAT or transfer duty in South Africa when purchasing a property, you first need to know how the property is currently registered.

Section 54 of The VAT Act South Africa Explained - Principal vs Agent Tax

Section 54 of The VAT Act South Africa has been included in order to govern the practical problems faced when goods or services are supplied to and from VAT vendors via agents.

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