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The Perils of Using Chatgpt in The South African Legal Practice

Chat Generative Pre-Trained Transformer (ChatGPT), a powerful language generation model developed by OpenAI, has garnered significant worldwide attention and utilisation across various industries and professions. In South Africa, the legal profession is no exception. However, employing ChatGPT in legal practice comes with its own set of risks and dangers. This article sheds light on the […]

What Implications Does a Lien Have on Eviction Proceedings: Part 1.

In conflicts between property owners and tenants seeking compensation for property improvements before leaving, eviction proceedings are possible, but success depends on location and lease terms. “I have been renting out my property to tenants for the last couple of years and the time has come for them to vacate the property. The tenants, during […]

Are You Using Your Residential Property for an Unauthorised or Illegal Purpose?

Residential homeowners must be aware of the judgment handed down by the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) in the case of the City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality v Zibi (234/2020) [2021] ZASCA 97 (9 July 2021). The outcome of this case carries significant implications for residential homeowners who utilise their homes for commercial purposes without […]

Can you inherit from someone you have merely been living with?

In South Africa, the number of couples who are permanently living together in life partnerships is increasing every year. What are the consequences that would ensue if either of the partners in the relationship dies without a will? Should a surviving partner in such a scenario have a claim for inheritance or maintenance from the […]

Why a Notary? – Part 2

In Part 1 of this article, we looked at the roles and functions of a notary, especially their general duties. In this part, we will look at the work reserved for notaries and a notary’s role in the certification and authentication of documents. One will see the necessity and importance of using a notary. The […]

Why a Notary? – Part 1

Clients often ask why certain documentation must be authenticated or certified by a Notary and not by a Commissioner of Oaths. To answer this question, one must know and understand the role and functions of a Notary, also commonly known as a Notary public. A Notary is a public functionary authorised by the High Court […]

Does my maiden name automatically change if I get married in South Africa?

Marriage is a significant milestone in one’s life, bringing with it a multitude of changes and decisions. One such decision that often arises is whether to change one’s maiden name after tying the knot. In South Africa, as in many other countries, there are legal and personal considerations to contemplate when it comes to changing […]

The dos and don’ts for landlords regarding the Rental Housing Act

In South Africa, the Rental Housing Act lays out important dos and don’ts for landlords. By adhering to these guidelines, landlords can maintain positive, lawful relationships with tenants, ensuring a fair and transparent renting experience for all parties involved. Landlords play a crucial role in providing safe and comfortable homes for tenants. In South Africa, […]

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