During National Wills Week from 17 to 21 September 2018, attorneys will draft free basic wills for members of the public. Find a participating attorney near you and make an appointment. Read more here.
The LSSA has welcomed the judgment by the Constitutional Court rectifying the unconstitutional actions and legislation relating to the Office of the National Director of Public Prosecutions. Read more here.
This advisory is aimed at attorneys ensuring that their clients are aware of the risk of a potential fraud with a view to their not falling victims to BEC fraud and in order for attorneys to fulfil their duty of care to clients by making them aware of the potential risk. Read advisory here.
Memorandum: National Forum on the Legal Profession - Candidate Attorneys serving under articles of clerkship during transition to Legal Practice Council
The National Forum has provided a guidance memorandum to candidate attorneys currently serving under articles of clerkship and who seek guidance on what their position will be after s 120(4) of the Legal Practice Act comes into force. On that date the provincial law societies will be dissolved and the Legal Practice Council will assume jurisdiction over all legal practitioners and candidate legal practitioners. That date is expected to be 31 October 2018 (the transition date). At the transition date there will be a number of candidate attorneys who will be at various stages of their training under articles. The memorandum seeks to provide guidance to those individuals in planning their careers as attorneys.
Download the memorandum here.
A united profession is stronger than the sum of its separate groupings
The year 2018 will finally bring to life the Legal Practice Council with the start of a new regulatory dispensation for the profession. It will be momentous as, for the first time, legal practitioners will be governed by a single, national regulatory body, as the Legal Practice Act is intended to restructure the profession from a regulatory perspective
As much as the above is important, it does not address all that is required for the profession to be effective. As a unified entity we will be stronger than the sum of our separate interest organisations. Legal practitioners will need a unified home – parallel to the LPC, not competing with it but complementing it – where their interests and concerns are attended to. Read more here.
Whether you have a claim or a defence against another person, our Small Clams Court information brochure will provide you with a simple guide
on how to utilise the Small Claims Court effectively. Available in English, isiZulu, isiXhosa, Afrikaans, Sesotho and Sepedi. Read more here.
The SAPS may give a person, who has been arrested on suspicion of a less serious crime, an option to pay an admission of guilt fine. Many people pay an admission of guilt fine so that they can be released from police custody – not knowing what it means and how it will affect them. Unfortunately, there are consequences to paying an admission of guilt fine which may haunt a person for many years to come. It is advisable first to speak to an attorney before you pay an admission of guilt fine. Download our brochure and read more here.
Attorneys are registered with the provincial law societies where they are based. Complaints must be lodged with the relevant law society. Check whether an attorney is in good standing, has a Fidelity Fund certificate, get contact information for complaints and read about your rights and responsibilities as the client of an attorney. Read more.