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Legal&You Newsletter Q1 2021
Legal&You Newsletter Q1 2021
It has been a year of dealing with the pandemic, lockdowns and knock on effects of living in this strange and sometimes very complicated world. We remain deeply committed to constantly seeking new ways of ensuring excellence, being your companion and ensuring you are protected.
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Legal&You Newsletter Q4 2020
Thank you so much for your support during this difficult year. We wish you a very happy and healthy holiday period, and look forward to a new year filled with opportunity.
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Legal&You Newsletter Q3 2020
Welcome to the latest edition of Legal&You. We have put together a wonderful read this month with insights on the latest laws that impact your rights and responsibilities, along with excellent tips and guidance on planning for your future and looking after your health.
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Family lawView all
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Cohabitation, engagement and the myth of the common law marriage
Cohabitation, engagement and the myth of the common law marriage
We debunk the notion that a couple living together for many years creates automatic legal rights and duties between them.
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Domestic Abuse
I am living with an abuser and am scared to be in lockdown with them
It's not just a physical attack, but can also include, sexual, emotional, psychological or economic harm
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Mom Daughter
Divorce & co-parenting during the lockdown
I am divorced and co-parenting. What happens to my children during the lockdown?
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Labour lawView all
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Workplace webinar
Workplace webinar
Watch our webinar where our legal advisors discuss leave, retrenchment and the CCMA. Know your rights, with Legal&Tax you're not alone.
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The CCMA – How does it work?
The Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration is an independent dispute resolution body. We look at the purpose of the CCMA and what services it offers.
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The lowdown after lockdown on leave and bonuses
This article discusses an employees entitlement to leave, bonus and the effect of COVID-19 and the lockdown in South Africa.
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Civil lawView all
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Snap, crackle and POPI
Snap, crackle and POPI
We advise you on how to guard your personal information from harmful use.
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Rental Housing
The rental housing tribunal
Are you a landlord or tenant? If so, it is vital to understand the role and function of the rental housing tribunal.
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What to do if you can't pay rent this month
One of the questions posed to our legal advisors during the lockdown period is "What if I can't afford to pay my rent this month?" Chantel explains how to handle this in the legally correct way.
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Criminal lawView all
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Clearing your criminal record
Clearing your criminal record
You can apply for expungement of your criminal record provided you meet the criteria, allowing you to carry on with life without a criminal record being an obstruction to employment opportunities.
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Your rights and duties on the road
Everything you need to know about roadblocks and when you are being pulled over on the road by a traffic officer. Your rights and responsibilities as a motorist are explained to you.
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Lockdown law breakers & fines for offences
Determination of admission of guilt fines in respect of offences in terms of the disaster management act 2002(act no 57 of 2002) regulations 2020. Note these fines are published by Magistrates' Courts Judiciary Republic of South Africa Gauteng Admin region 5A. The fines applicable to your area may differ.
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CoronavirusView all
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Funerals in the time of COVID-19
Funerals in the time of COVID-19
The lockdown and rules regarding funerals have meant that many people have had to balance adhering to the law and practicing their cultural traditions.
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Answering your questions about the Covid-19 Coronavirus
A series of short videos to help you understand the facts and debunk the myths associated with the COVID-19 Coronavirus.
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Budget
How to apply for new ‘lockdown’ grants
We are living during difficult times as the world battles against the COVID-19 coronavirus. As we try to save lives, unfortunately many people’s livelihoods (the money they earn from the work they do) are gone. However, if you have been affected by this situation, the government is trying to support you. They are offering different kinds of financial help. Read below for our guide on how to get money that can assist you and your family to survive:
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DiseaseView all
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Is low-cost private medical cover a thing of the past?
Is low-cost private medical cover a thing of the past?
Recently, it was announced that medical aids might no longer be allowed to offer low-cost benefit options for people who cannot afford to pay for full medical aid cover.
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CancerView all
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Early screening and testing for cancer can save your life
Early screening and testing for cancer can save your life
Live a healthier life through preventative care by performing cancer screening regularly.
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Funeral planningView all
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Burial society vs funeral insurance
Burial society vs funeral insurance
South African communities have been coming together to form stokvels in order to offer financial and emotional support to one another in times of need. Learn more about the legalities of these schemes.
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How to write an obituary
Obituaries are an important tradition to pay tribute and commemorate the life of the deceased. We show you the proper way to write an obituary and what information to include.
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Putting together a living will
We show you how to draft a living will or advance directive that'll bring peace of mind to you and your loved ones because it explains what kind of medical care you want to receive when you cannot speak for yourself.
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Estate planningView all
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Deceased estates
Deceased estates
Plan your estate now to eliminate any problems upon your death. Protect your loved ones by minimising the chances of family strife and ugly battles.
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2021 National Budget Speech Highlights
2021 National Budget Speech Highlights
View our budget summary Infographic
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Unpacking the Supplementary Budget Speech 2020
Johan Swart, Head of Tax, gives us an overview of the supplementary budget delivered by Minister of Finance, Tito Mboweni, on 24 June 2020, detailing the adjustments to the national budget due to the impact of COVID-19 on the economy, tax revenue and expenditure.
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What the budget speech means for us
Very few of us take the time to sit down, and really consider what our country’s annual budget means. We take notice of the tax increases, and how much more our fuel will cost, and our tipple and smokes. We already make little calculations in our minds on how we will have to adjust our personal budgets to make ends meet.
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Home Repossession
Home Repossession
We explain the foreclosure process and give you tips to help you save your home from repossession.
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Money Management webinar
We discuss the importance of budgeting, saving and managing your debt.
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How to put the brakes on vehicle repossession
In the current economic down turn, you may find yourself falling behind on your monthly car payments. We provide you with all the available options to help you prevent your car from getting repossessed by the bank or loan/credit provider.
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Festive season shopping
Festive season shopping
Money might be tight this year and financial constraints may require some adjustments. We give you tips on how you can protect your wallet from the temptation to overspend.
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HOW TO BE BLACK FRIDAY #WINNING
The buzz around Black Friday is building – and while there are certainly chances to get some good bargains – you also need to be careful not to slip into overspending or be duped by dodgy deals.
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EducationView all
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The digital transformation of education due to COVID-19
The digital transformation of education due to COVID-19
e-Education connects teachers and students online for a virtual learning experience.
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Kids At School Desks
Parktown school’s tragedy
The recent tragedy in which 13-year-old Enoch Mpianzi died during a Grade 8 orientation school camp for Parktown Boy’s High has sent shockwaves across South Africa.
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Unpacking NHI
Unpacking NHI
What does universal health coverage mean for the man on the street
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When the Party is Over
When the Party is Over
While the festive season often becomes the reason to party and have a drink or two, there is a darker side to indulging in alcohol and other dangerous substances. Brain damage, strokes, bleeding in the throat, a loss of breath, heart disease, liver failure, stomach and intestinal cancer and ulcers, impotence and infertility, osteoporosis… And death. These are some of the terrifying effects that alcohol and drugs can have on your body.
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Cannabis Leaves
The impact of alcohol and drug abuse
Substance abuse has long term side effects, that will impact you and those around you
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The harmful effects of alcohol abuse
Understand how alcohol impacts on your body
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Giving up the Ghost of Grief
Giving up the Ghost of Grief
Grieving the loss of a parent affects us in a multitude of ways. Learn to recognize the five stages of grief and know how they will help you as you heal.
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When Heatstroke Hits
When Heatstroke Hits
Summertime and sunshine are two of South African’s favourite things. However, too much heat can be very dangerous to your health. One of the dangers is that you can get heatstroke. This is an extremely dangerous medical condition.
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Safety First when it Comes to the Summer Sun
Having fun in the sun is everyone’s main wish when summertime arrives. Indeed, we need to get some sunshine in order to create Vitamin D and for other health benefits. However, too much time spent in the sun can be very dangerous to your health. Therefore you must make sure that you protect yourself very carefully from its effects.
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When your Holiday Does Not Feel Jolly
When your Holiday Does Not Feel Jolly
Often when we look at Hollywood versions of holiday time, we see a picture of happiness, warmth, and lots of quality time with friend and family. However, for many this is not the reality. In fact, for many people the holiday time can be very lonely.
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It’s important to Open Up about Mental Health
Mental health is linked to the idea of psychological wellbeing. This means that you have a sense of stable and positive emotions and good interactions with other people. When your mental health is in order, you are able to cope with different situations, including those that are stressful. You are also able to make calm and careful choices. However, there can be times that you experience mental health problems.
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Legally Smart Shopping Will Reap Rewards
Legally Smart Shopping Will Reap Rewards
Holiday time often means shopping time! However, before the bargain-hunting bug hits, read Legal&Tax’s guide to smart spending (and hopefully a little bit of saving too!)
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Health emergenciesView all
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First aid checklist
First aid checklist
Make sure your emergency kit is stocked with the items in thechecklistto deal with emergencies.
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Identifying emergencies
Learn how to prepare for, respond to and recover from many types of emergencies.
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Hands only CPR
Handsonly CPR is without mouth to mouth breaths but can be just as effective as conventional CPR. We show you how to perform this technique to help save a life.
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The A-Z of buying your first home
The A-Z of buying your first home
Buying a new home can be a challenging and complicated process without the correct guidance and expert advice. We've put together a step-by-step guide with all the requirements you should know.
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Workplace lawView all
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Sexual harassment in the workplace
Sexual harassment in the workplace
We discuss the laws that protect you from sexual harassment at work and the process to follow when reporting this misconduct and lodging a complaint with your employer.
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SASSA
The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) is a government entity responsible for distributing social grants to more than 16 million South Africans. Who is eligible for social security?
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PregnancyView all
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12 steps for a healthy pregnancy
12 steps for a healthy pregnancy
Taking care of yourself is the best thing you can do for your unborn baby.
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10 easy ways to make extra money on the side
10 easy ways to make extra money on the side
Turn your interest or skill into profits!
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