Aneesa Bodiat and Nolu Memese-Msutu speak about the Constitution Hill education project

Aneesa Bodiat and Nolu Memese-Msutu speak about the Constitution Hill education project

Guests were Aneesa Bodiat and Nolu Memese-Msutu who spoke about the Constitution Hill education project..

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Angela Mudukuti speaks about SALC’s recent application to detain Sudanese President Omar Al Bashir

Angela Mudukuti speaks about SALC’s recent application to detain Sudanese President Omar Al Bashir

Our guest was Angela Mudukuti, a Criminal Justice Lawyer at the Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC).  She spoke about SALC’s recent application to detain Sudanese President Omar Al Bashir.

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Learn how to handle a deceased estate

Learn how to handle a deceased estate

Article published on http://germistoncitynews.co.za.

On Friday, July 4, ProBono.Org will host a deceased estates information session at the Palm Ridge Magistrates Court.

Any community members with concerns regarding the financial affairs of a deceased person or their heirs are encouraged to attend.

The purpose of the session is to provide concerned parties with access to quality legal advice; including information on basic laws and rights linked to issues surrounding deceased estates.

This workshop is just one of many ProBono.Org services which aim to link the poorest of the poor to legal services through a network of volunteer lawyers.

The organisation hopes that, through these sessions, it will be able to ease the emotional difficulty of losing a loved one by ensuring that their estate dissolution is concluded as quickly and painlessly as possible.

The session will take place from 11am to 1pm on the fourth floor at the Palm Ridge Magistrates Court.

Any community members with concerns regarding deceased estates can call 010 232-2002 or 086 507 2018 to book a session.

Refreshments will also be provided.

Paul Kruger (SARWT) speaks about the National Will Register

Paul Kruger (SARWT) speaks about the National Will Register

Podcast: @Probono_Org: 28/05/15: Patrick Bracher @PBracher1 @NLegal_ZA  with Paul Kruger from #SARWT; @DStv:

Our guest is Paul Kruger from the S A Registry of Wills and Testaments (SARWT).The aim of the national will register is to serve as a central online record where the administrative details of wills and testaments may be obtained once recorded. Most people do not know whether their loved ones have executed a will, where the original might be kept or who has been nominated to wind up the financial affairs of the deceased. This is the very issue SARWT endeavours to address.

 

ProBono.Org and LSNP open joint office in Pretoria

ProBono.Org and LSNP open joint office in Pretoria

In an exciting new initiative to help promote access to justice in South Africa, ProBono.Org and the Law Society for the Northern Provinces (LSNP) have opened a joint office in Pretoria.

The office, located at the Kutlwanong Democracy Centre, was launched on 6 May and will see a collaboration between these two organisations to create flexible methods for lawyers to engage in pro bono work.

ProBono.Org will continue to offer an avenue for lawyers to participate productively in this type of public service, while LSNP will provide statutory oversight to this critical aspect of the legal industry.

The initiative comes in response to increasing demand for pro bono work in Pretoria and surrounding regions; however, its location is key to expanding pro bono services to Limpopo, the North West and Mpumalanga.

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During his keynote address at the launch, Honourable Justice J Kollapen emphasised the importance of the legal profession in society and discussed the role of the law in South Africa’s context of poverty and unemployment. “For the law to be meaningful, people need to know the law and have access to the law,” he said.

The Pretoria offices will provide a dedicated space where pro bono attorneys can consult with potential clients in a secure and confidential space. It will also become a location for free legal clinics and similar projects.

Poor and vulnerable communities will now be able to access quality legal advice on numerous matters, including domestic violence, maintenance, housing issues, and even credit and consumer law.

Both ProBono.Org and LSNP believe that this joint initiative will go a long way towards providing the access to justice that all South Africans deserve.

 

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Both SS Madiba, President of the LSNP, and Advocate Andy Bester, Chair of the ProBono Board, encouraged all local attorneys to contact the Pretoria office and use the opportunity to give something back.

“ProBono would like to renew its commitment to working with the judiciary to see access to justice being made effective” Advocate Bester emphasised.

 

HOUSING WORKSHOP: DAVEYTON 23 APRIL 2015

HOUSING WORKSHOP: DAVEYTON 23 APRIL 2015

Victor Ndlazilwana Hall

  1. OPENING
    The event was held in partnership with the ward counsellor of Ward 73 Daveyton who had identified a need in the community for an information sharing session regarding the reporting of deceased estates and evictions. We were joined by Samantha Kelly from Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr.
  2. INTESTATE AND TESTATE ESTATES
    Ms Kelly began the proceedings with a presentation on the difference between a testate and intestate estate. She explained the difference between the estates in terms of reporting and administrating. She highlighted the importance of estate planning especially where there is an immovable property and multiple beneficiariesQuestions from the audience:If a person has children from a previous marriage/relationship, are they entitled to benefit from your estate should you die?
    How much does it cost to make a will?
    How does it happen that one sibling can sell the immovable property of the deceased parent’s estate without involving the other siblings?
    Other questions relating to transfer of property

    When Ms Kelly had answered the questions and closed her presentation she advised community leaders to arrange an estate planning workshop, especially because the beneficiary process for properties has already started and estate planning is an important aspect of owning property

  3. EVICTIONS
    Tshenolo Masha then presented on the topic of evictions. She explained the legal process and stressed the importance of seeking assistance when served with legal documents. Even if one is not sure of the legitimacy of the said documents it is still important to follow up to prevent being suddenly evicted and finding oneself homeless.

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Questions from the audience:

How does the court deal with evictions that are instituted using documents that were fraudulently obtained?
Can a family member evict another family member from the family home?

The audience questions were answered and the importance of seeking legal assistance when faced with evictions was reiterated to the audience especially in instances when documents were obtained fraudulently.

The programme was then closed by the ward counsellor who thanked the members of the community in attendance and noted that most of the queries raised today were in relation to estate planning.  Perhaps a follow-up workshop will be arranged specifically on the topic of wills and drafting of wills.

Compiled by: Tshenolo Masha

FEBRUARY 2015 NEWSLETTER – ISSUE 38

FEBRUARY 2015 NEWSLETTER – ISSUE 38

In this issue we introduce you to the legal interns at the Johannesburg and Durban offices. We also update you on some new ProBono.Org developments and highlight current reckless lending cases that are worth watching, as they will hopefully have some impact on policies related to lending.

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