By Sinothile Zondi, Durban intern
National Wills Week 2019 ran from 16 to 20 September. Everyone wishes for their assets to be distributed to their preferred loved ones when they pass. To achieve this however, one needs to draft a valid Will, which will ensure that everything that remains of one’s assets after all debts and administration costs have been subtracted will be inherited by one’s preferred heirs. To assist clients in ensuring that they have a valid Will, the Durban office of ProBono.Org ran Wills help desks at various venues in Durban during the month of September.
The main function of the Master of the High Court’s office is to supervise the administration of deceased estates. In this regard, ProBono. Org Durban worked closely with the Office of the Master of the High Court, as well as numerous pro bono private attorneys, in providing elderly members of the community who attended our Wills Week help desks with the required legal services to draft or update their Wills. This ensures that their wishes are followed after their passing. From 16 to 20 September we held a daily Wills help desk at the Office of the Master of the High Court, Durban. We also held a Wills help desk at the Wentworth Organisation of Women (WOW) on 16 September.
Lastly, from 25 to 27 September we held a Wills help desk at the Nelson Mandela Chatsworth Youth Centre. In addition to the help desks, we held seminars at the KZN Deaf Association, in Montclair and at the KZN Blind and Deaf Society to educate the community about the importance and benefits of having a Will and what would happen if one passed away without having a valid Will in place. Through these initiatives we successfully assisted a number of clients with drafting Wills and providing information to those who needed it. In total we drafted 155 wills during the week.
The Johannesburg office also took part in Wills Week at various courts in conjunction with the Department of Justice, providing information on wills and inviting people to have their wills drafted by pro bono attorneys.
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ProBono.Org Durban held a Labour Law Workshop for the staff of the Aryan Benevolent Homes on the 23rd of May.
The workshop focused on the proper procedures for Disciplinary Enquiries as well as an overview of the various forms of dismissal. The speaker was Sanelisiwe Nyasulu of Garlicke & Bousfield Inc. The majority of the attendees were a part of management and found the workshop to be very beneficial.
On Saturday the 25th March, ProBono.org Durban held a talk on Landlord/Tenant Rights and Obligations for the community of Chatsworth. The talk was held at the Nelson Mandela Youth Centre and our speaker was Mr Siven Samuel of Siven Samuel and Associates. Despite the terrible weather conditions on the day, we had a great turnout of community members, all of whom found the talk very enlightening.
On the 22nd March ProBono.Org Durban held their monthly workshop and help desk for the KZN Deaf Association. Many of their beneficiaries are equipping themselves with skills in order to gain employment and as such, they requested a talk on the Basic Conditions of Employment Act. Our speaker was Mr Boy Mzimela from Boy Mzimela Attorneys.
By Shamika Dwarika.
The Durban office recently made contact with the KZN Blind and Deaf Society and we held our first seminar for them on 15 November 2016. Sanelisiwe Nyasulu of Garlicke and Bousfield spoke about housing.
This was very well attended and it was heartwarming to see the gratitude emanating from the attendees and staff. These are members of our communities who have no access to the kinds of legal resources that we offer; the majority receiving government grants. During the course of the seminar we realised that there is an urgent need for a help desk as many attendees are in need of legal assistance. As such, we have decided to hold a special help desk with several attorneys in attendance to consult with as many people as possible. This will be held on 6 December. We are sure that it will be a great success and we will report on progress in a future issue.
ProBono.Org Durban is currently staffing the #AidsFreeWorld #LegalConsultationCentre at the World Aids Conference where we are busy!
Its a great place to talk with a lawyer at no cost.
On Wednesday the 20th April ProBono.Org Durban participated in the Social Cohesion Programme held at the Isipingo Beach Library. Our speaker was Tamara Botha of LFHP Attorneys in Durban and she presented a talk on “Knowing your rights as a Consumer”. The community found this most enriching.
Today, the 18th April 2016 ProBono.Org Durban held a presentation for the Mariannridge Highway Aged. Our speaker was Mr Louis Simon, a partner at Mooney Ford Attorneys and his talk was on the importance of a will and the reporting of a deceased estate.
Pro Bono.Org Durban held a Family Law Seminar today, 8th April 2016 at the Salmon Grove Chambers Law Library. The topic was the Law surrounding Customary, Muslim and Hindu Marriages. The speaker was Advocate Mahomed Saleem Khan SC.