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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.

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Fixed term contracts, in certain circumstances, can now be lawfully terminated in terms of the Consumer Protection Act No 68 of 2008 (CPA.)

Prior to this Act; which came into effect on the 1st April 2011; the law of contract and the common law dealt exclusively with the issue of when, where and how fixed term agreements, including leases, expired or were renewed.

This is not a free service as we are a business entity, although we do sometimes provide answers and solutions to simple straightforward questions at no charge.

Generally, our advice/opinion’s service, costs R1,000.00. Our hourly rate for more complex services is R1,500.00 per hour. We will always give you a quote before we provide you with advice, an opinion, or any other services. All our fees are therefore pre-agreed for the advice and the services that we provide to you.

Sending us an initial email with a query costs you nothing; and we will reply to all emails received within 48 hours.

 

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Contact Us

If you have a legal problem or difficulties in enforcing your legal rights contact us at The Legal Advice Office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 082-0932304.

 

 

In 2016 I lent a friend of mine R 48000.00.

Now; I am battling to get the money back!

What can I do?

One of the issues that crops up on a regular basis with The Legal Advice Office are queries and advice sought from us when you have been lied to or, at least, not been told the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

If someone sells you an item, for example a motor car, and they do not fully disclose to you any defects in that vehicle that they knew about or should reasonably have known about; then you have certain legal rights and recourse.

Criminal law vs civil law

Oscar Pistorius initially appeared in a local magistrate’s court, his bail hearing was in the regional court and his murder trial in the High Court.

As we have had quite a few queries over the last week about aspects of Criminal Law; we have decided to do a few blogs on various aspects of Criminal Law.

Firstly; it is important to understand that there are two large bodies of our law.

  1. Criminal Law and
  2. Civil Law.

Broadly speaking a criminal case is one where the accused is charged by the State in respect of a crime and Civil Law is the law as it is applied to different people and legal entities. To use an example for illustration: A is charged with Drunk Driving. The case is “The State (the Government, in fact, on behalf of the people of the country) versus A. “This is a criminal case and is heard in one of the criminal courts in the country.

 private prosecution

If a person is certain that justice has not been done, there is always the option to follow the route of Private Prosecution

We had an interesting question sent to us yesterday by email.

 “In September 2017 my youngest son was assaulted in a bar and he laid a charge against the perpetrator. We have now been told by the investigating officer that the senior public prosecutor has declined to prosecute. My son wants to proceed and we would like to know how one goes about a private prosecution. Can you possibly advise as to whether or not this is a possibility and, if so, what is the process and how would he go about it?”

grandparents

It is important to note the difference between an order for care and one for contact.

Quite a few years ago; and before the new Children's Act came into being; I was involved in a matter in the High Court in Cape Town where a grandmother wanted to exercise rights of access to her two grandchildren but because of an argument with her daughter, the mother of the children, she was being denied access to her grandchildren, Quite rightly she was not prepared to let that happen and took her daughter to the High Court in an Application to get a court order allowing her access to her grandchildren and she got such an order; which was unusual at the time for the reasons given below.

I remembered this case when I got the following inquiry in this last week which is in a similar vein and the facts were strangely similar.

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Legal Advice Office

South Africa

Kandelaar Street, Vermont, Hermanus
Phone: +27 (0) 82 093 2304
Email: info@legaladviceoffice.co.za