Legal Trends 2018

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Mineworkers Provident Fund fails in prescription plea, pays 10% penalty

The complainant (name withheld to protect identity of a minor child) brought a complaint against the Mineworkers Provident Fund (respondent) over the non-payment of the death benefit, following the death of the respondent's member...

6 Jun 2017

#BestofBiz 2016: Legal

We've compiled our annual #BestofBiz 2016 lists across all our industries featuring our most popular articles, most-read contributors and brand press offices with the most views. Discover the most read content on Bizcommunity's Legal portal over the past year below.

12 Dec 2016

Estate duty abatements need overhaul

In its second report on estate duty, the Davis Tax Committee makes recommendations regarding tax on estates and trusts, especially inter-spouse and primary abatements...

By Graeme Palmer 27 Sep 2016

Get your will drafted for free during National Wills Week

As has become tradition over the past few years, members of the public will be able to have a basic will drafted by an attorney, free of charge, during National Wills Week, held from 12 - 16 September 2016...

12 Sep 2016

Four common pitfalls to avoid when drafting a will

Your last will and testament is the only valid and legally enforceable instruction left behind to express the wishes and estate division guidelines of a deceased. To ensure that the remaining family members and beneficiaries are not left in a perilous situation and that the wishes of the deceased are honoured, it is essential to avoid common pitfalls at drafting stage...

20 Jul 2016

How many submissions can the Master hear when considering a creditor's claim?

In the recent case of Constantia Insurance Company Limited v Master of the High Court, Johannesburg, the High Court considered whether the provisions of the Insolvency Act, No 24 of 1936 permit the Master to consider liquidators' additional submissions in response to a creditor's substantiation of its claim...

By Thabile Fuhrmann and Vincent Manko 27 Jun 2016

Legal audits provide trustees with peace of mind

In an ever-evolving family trust landscape, complacency and inertia could spell disaster for the best-laid investment and estate planning strategy...

By Jan Dawid Luttig, fiduciary specialist 3 May 2016

Are trustees allowed to determine mode of payment to beneficiaries?

In the matter of Mahomed v Argus Provident Fund, the Pension Fund Adjudicator dealt with dissatisfaction with the allocation and distribution of a death benefit...

By Zaaheda Mayet 5 Apr 2016

Estate duty implications for non-resident investors

A new SARS Ruling, Binding Private Ruling 217 deals with the estate duty implications for non-resident individual investors - the key issue being how certain sections of the Estate Duty Act (EDA) would apply...

By Heinrich Louw 28 Jan 2016

Response to Davis Tax Committee report on Estate Duty

The First Interim Report on Estate Duty, released by the David Tax Committee in July 2015, called for industry comment. Andrew Moller, CEO of Citadel, made the following comments...

25 Nov 2015

International

Waymo, Uber end trade secrets theft trial with settlement

SAN FRANCISCO, USA - Waymo and Uber announced an agreement on Friday, 9 February 2018, in the blockbuster federal lawsuit over allegedly stolen trade secrets from the former Google self-driving car project.

12 Feb 2018

21st Century Fox/Sky takeover thrown into doubt by UK regulator

LONDON, UK: Britain's competition regulator provisionally ruled Tuesday that a planned takeover of pan-European satellite TV giant Sky by Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox entertainment group was "not in the public interest".

24 Jan 2018

Tesla faces fresh Norway lawsuit over false advertising

OSLO, Norway: Nearly 80 Tesla owners in Norway have sued the US automaker over misleading advertising, saying their electric car did not deliver the promised performance, Norwegian daily Dagens Naeringsliv (DN) reported on Thursday.

12 Jan 2018

Steinhoff investors ask to join Dutch lawsuit

The Dutch Investors Association (VEB) says it has been approached by many South African-registered Steinhoff shareholders interested in participating in its class action against Steinhoff.

By Ann Crotty 12 Jan 2018

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