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Till death do us part – the effect your marriage regime has on estate planning

When couples decide to get married, they are usually not thinking about death and what might happen once one of them sadly passes away. However, in reality choosing a marriage regime is very important for estate planning. Here’s what you need to know when considering the effect your marriage regime might have on estate planning.

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Season's Greetings from our Attorneys in Cape Town

As 2018 comes to a close, Bailey Haynes Incorporated would like take a look at what we have achieved and to give a special thanks to everyone who has contributed to our success.

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Emolument Attachment Order abuse calls for Amendments to Act

The abuse of Emolument Attachment Orders (“EAO”) as a means of collecting debt has been under the spotlight for some time. As a result, the amendments to the Magistrates Court Act 1944 and the Magistrate Court Rules 2010 came into operation on 1 August 2018.

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Avoiding a Criminal Record with Diversion - 1st Time Offenders

Have you been arrested and charged with a criminal offence? Are you a minor or a young adult?  Scared that you have made a mistake that will haunt you for the rest of your life? 

You may have reason to feel optimistic!

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Who gets parental rights and responsibilities for the child?

Often a big question for couples when they decide to get divorced is what happens with their children.

In this article we will look at what does “rights and responsibilities” mean and who has them.

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Interim Protection Orders explained by our Attorneys in Cape Town

Have you been the victim of verbal, physical or emotional abuse?

If so, there are steps you can take to protect yourself and your property from individuals who intend to cause you harm.

In terms of the Protection from Harassment Act one can approach the Magistrates Court to get protection in the form of an Interim Protection Order which protects individuals from harassment which is not considered a crime.

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Getting a Divorce in South Africa

The Department of Home Affairs released statistics for 2015 which show an amount of 143 279 marriages being concluded. The statistics also indicate that 41% of marriages ended up in divorce for the year of 2015. There has also been an indication that the amount of marriages being concluded every year is dropping while the amount of divorces taking place each year is increasing. With such a high percentage of divorces taking place each year, it is important to discuss what a divorce process might entail.

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Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Following the recent wave of sexual abuse and harassment claims that have been surfacing in the news and on social media in the past few months, it is increasingly apparent that more should be done by employers to address the problem.

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Corporal punishment - Explained by our Attorneys in Cape Town

What is corporal punishment? It has been defined as “any punishment in which physical force is used and intended to cause some degree of pain or discomfort, however light” by the United Nations Committee.

A National Survey was conducted in which it was found that 57% of parents use corporal punishment as their chosen disciplinary method and 37% of those parents use objects such as belts, wooden spoons etc., to carry out their discipline.

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What you post on Facebook can get you fired!

With the popularity of social media sky rocketing in recent years, employers have been forced to deal with a variety of new issues previously unimaginable to them.

Whereas in the past, employees would discuss their office politics and air their grievances with management or colleagues by complaining to a friend or family member in private, today, employees are increasingly turning to their social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram being chief among them) to vent their frustrations.

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