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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.

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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.

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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.

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Registering an Antenuptial Contract in South Africa

Before registering an antenuptial contract, the agreement needs to be notarised by a practicing notary attorney who has no personal relation to either one of the spouses.

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Notarial Contract and Life Partnership Affidavit – What is the Difference?

There is a subtle difference between a notarial contract and a spousal affidavit. However, both documents are a crucial part of the application for a life partner visa in South Africa.

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Apostille Stamps for travel from SA to Convention Countries

To obtain an Apostille stamp on official documents in South Africa, you must apply at the High Court with the full unabridged document, or the Department of Foreign Affairs in Pretoria, if the document is unabridged

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Apostille Certificates and Travelling Abroad

In the early 1950s, the Council of Europe addressed the need to standardise the legalisation process to certify public documents required by destination countries to confirm the legitimacy of public documents presented to them when a traveller or business wished to transact or relocate for a short or permanent stay.

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Is it acceptable for an Agent to appear before a Notary Public?

Generally, the parties to a notarial deed are not required to appear before the notary, and instead appoint a representative granting them Power of Attorney to act on their behalf. 

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Notarial bonds and credit security

Notarial bonds are registered with the Deeds Office for movable property which the debtor has given as security for the repayment of a loan to a creditor. 

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Notarial bonds - security for debt and real rights

You will need to act quickly in order to acquire a court order which will allow for you to take possession of the movable property which is covered by the notarial bond

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