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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.

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 On Friday last week; I received an email which read:

 “If I have bought a defective, or a previously accident damaged, vehicle; what are my consumer rights and how do I enforce them?”

 This is simply a question but the answer to it; not so simple.

Firstly, you have certain common law rights eg not to be sold a defective “merx” (Item).

However, you also have legislation which protects you In the form of the Consumer Protection Act No 68 of 2008 (CPA)

Your remedies in terms of that Act are set out in Chapter 3.

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There are solutions!

Commercial and Residential Lease Agreements: Cancellations:

We currently find ourselves in really tough and challenging economic and financial times in South Africa.

This situation will continue for the foreseeable future and one has to box clever.

Business owners and entrepreneurs in retail leased spaces are finding it more and more difficult to meet their financial obligations and to service their overheads.

cyber crime web South Africans who use social media platforms will soon have to be much more careful and think twice before posting on social media

At The Legal Advice Office; we receive enquiries from time to time about defamatory posts having been posted on various platforms and requests for assistance as to what one can do in those circumstances.

Clearly, some of these posts are defamatory and the Law of Defamation can be utilised to protect one's good name and reputation.

However the government authorities are also aware of this increasing trend and have promulgated the Cyber Crimes Bill; and as a result, one must be careful as to what one posts these days as malicious messaging over social media could soon send you to prison.

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“My wife and I are the sole shareholders  of our family business - what is our personal exposure?”

 The legal liability of directors and shareholders in a Company.

 In these difficult financial times and with our economy struggling a lot of private individuals and businesses are under severe financial pressure.

How do you survive?

A few weeks ago we did a blog of retrenchment and that was aimed at employees.

Today we turn our attention to businesses and specifically companies.

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PRESCRIPTION DOES APPLY IN CRIMINAL CASES, BUT WITH LIMITATIONS AND IMPORTANT EXCEPTIONS FOR SERIOUS CRIMES.

 Prescription of Criminal offences:

 Every so often we get a query about a previous criminal record from a client.

Very often these queries relate to how they can expunge a criminal record from some time ago.

However; we had an interesting inquiry last week.

Essentially the question is about the prescription of criminal offences.

In this blog we will try to answer this question.

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Let me comment in general terms. You cannot just cancel a lease agreement.

The Termination of Commercial and Residential Lease Agreements:

A summary:

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

One of the matters that we specialise in at The Legal Advice Office is Consumer Law and one of the two topics that we concentrate on is lease agreement cancellations and early terminations.

We deal with both residential leases and commercial lease cancellations.

We get many enquiries from tenants who are under considerable financial pressure in these tough economic times who seek our advice and assistance regarding their leases.

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Defective Motor Vehicles:  The choices of a repair, replacement or a refund.

The Consumer Protection Act No 68 of 2008 (CPA).

One of the matters that we, at The Legal Advice Office, specialise in is the topic of defective motor vehicles.

We get many queries at The Legal Advice Office each week from people you want our help regarding the purchase of defective or damaged motor vehicles.

This last week we got a rather cryptic inquiry:

“ I have read in one of your blogs of some time back that if I were to buy a defective motor vehicle, or “ a lemon” as you referred to it as; that I have the choice of a repair, a replacement or a refund at the dealer’s expense. Is this true; and if it is; when and how do I go about doing so; as I have definitely bought “a lemon” from a dealership in Boksburg?”

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The answer to this question is not a simple one

At The Legal Advice Office; we receive daily inquiries on a number of issues which affect the daily lives of the people around us.

On Friday we received the following question and query and will answer it in this blog.

“I have been divorced for some years now and have been paying maintenance to my ex-wife and my two children for a five of years; ever since our divorce was finalised in the High Court in Cape Town in 2013. My eldest son has now finished school and he wants to go to university. My ex-wife is now insisting that I must contribute to his university studies as part of my maintenance obligations. Surely now that he is an adult and eighteen years old, my responsibility to maintain him will have stopped?”

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