National Wills Week: Let an Attorney Write Your Will for Free

The following information was provided by the Law Society of South Africa.

6 reasons why you should have a will

  1. It is your right to decide who should inherit your assets.
  2. You must ensure your family is provided for in terms of your last wishes.
  3. Your assets will be left to the beneficiaries of your choice.
  4. The executor who is appointed is someone you know, trust and may have chosen yourself.
  5. You will avoid extra or unnecessary costs.
  6. You will avoid unhappiness and conflict among members of your family because there are clear instructions on how to distribute your assets.

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How to Submit a Claim to the Road Accident Fund

The traffic on our busy city streets and national highways makes an important contribution to the South African economy and the country’s growth. Sadly, however, it is also true that, as a nation, we are plagued by one of the highest rates of motor vehicle accidents in the world. Despite numerous improvements to the standard of driving education and stricter licensing regulations, unroadworthy vehicles and incompetent, careless, or intoxicated drivers continue to exact a horrifying toll, with thousands of deaths and tens of thousands of major injuries every year.
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It Is Your Right to Lodge a Product Liability Claim

The 24th of April 2009 was a historic date for consumers in South Africa. On this day, the provisions outlined in a bill set before the nation’s parliament became law, when embodied in the text of the Consumer Protection Act 68 of 2008, and commonly abbreviated to CPA. The purpose of the act was to safeguard the public from unfair practices on the part of manufacturers, retailers, and service providers.

Personal Injury Claim

Valid Grounds for a Personal Injury Claim in South Africa

There are numerous ways in which, as the result of negligence on the part of a third party, an individual may experience a personal injury. Usually, it is possible to claim compensation from the negligent party to meet the costs of damages that may result. Such costs generally fall into two categories – those incurred by the need for treatment and those resulting from any financial losses that may arise, for example, due to the victim’s inability to continue engaging in their paid employment.

Rail Accident Claim

Claims for Accidents During Rail Travel or on Railway Premises

It is estimated that around 2,4 million passengers in South Africa depend on a train to ferry them to their respective destinations every day. Regrettably, however, the company concerned tends to fall short of providing the standard of track, rolling stock, and locomotive maintenance that is essential to ensure the safety of its passengers. Combined with inadequate training of personnel leading to human error, and poor communications, not to mention severe overcrowding on many of the busiest routes, such shortfalls have led to an increase in train-related incidents, such as derailments and collisions. The average total cost to the nation of such incidents already exceeds R400 million annually and is rising, while the impact on human lives can be incalculable.

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