Monthly Archives: August 2015

DTS prestige convention

DTS Attorneys hosted their 6th  annual DTS prestige convention for estate agents at the beginning of August. The theme for this year’s convention was “Proudly Port Elizabeth”. Rian du Toit of DTS Attorneys addressed the audience on five common habits of highly successful estate agents. Pierre Voges, CEO of Mandela

Co-ownership of land

The word “co-ownership” in relation to land means that two or more persons own land simultaneously in undivided shares. A share in land does not represent, and may not be held to represent a defined portion of land. A co-owner who holds a share in land does not hold title

Implications of estate duty

Estate duty is charged on the dutiable value of the estate in terms of the Estate Duty Act. The general rule is that if the taxpayer is ordinarily resident in South Africa at the time of death, all of his/her assets (including deemed property), wherever they are situated, will be

Fixtures and fittings

Many transfer attorneys have heard the question from a seller: “May I remove the stove or the curtain rails or the shelves or the … ?” The most common dispute that arises between a seller and a purchaser is a dispute as to what is regarded as fixtures and  fittings.

The Living Will

Most  people are familiar with a will or testament and understand the importance of having this legal declaration drafted, by which the testator nominates an executor to manage his or her estate and provide for the distribution of his or her property to beneficiaries when he or she dies. But