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Information documents

The LSSA brochures are made available for public information. They should in no way be construed as legal advice.
Should you require legal advice on a particular legal problem, please consult an attorney.
All brochures are available in English, isiZulu; Afrikaans, Sesotho and isiXhosa.

LABOUR LAW

This brochure is aimed at answering the most common questions about the rights which employees have in the workplace and to offer some practical and legal tips when employees are dismissed.

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ADMISSION OF GUILT FINES

The South African Police Service (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. Such a fine is part of our legal system and it allows a person to admit guilt for a less serious offence without having to appear in court. It prevents an unnecessary overload of the court system. It is meant to resolve
less serious matters quickly where an accused person accepts responsibility for having committed a minor offence.

Many people have, however, paid the 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.
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APPLYING FOR A TEMPORARY OR PERMANENT RESIDENCE VISA 

All visa applications whether of a temporary or permanent residence nature fall under the ambit of the Immigration Act 13 of 2002 (as amended). In addition policy decisions of the Department of Home Affairs as embodied in Departmental Directive are what make the Act work. Immigration law can be a minefield of obstacles and pitfalls. It is in the interests of foreign nationals applying for visas of any description to consult an attorney who is a specialist in this area of expertise in order to try and minimise the effects of the
pitfalls and obstacles.
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CLAIMING FROM THE ROAD ACCIDENT FUND: WHY USE AN ATTORNEY

Although you can claim direct from the Road Accident Fund (RAF) if you have been involved in a motor vehicle accident, an attorney specialising in personal injury claims has the knowledge and experience to assist you and to ensure that your claim is properly calculated and submitted to the RAF in accordance with the Road Accident Fund Act and Regulations.
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BUYING AND SELLING A HOUSE

Buying a house is probably the biggest and most important investment you will ever make. Also, should you be planning to sell your house, do not lose the money earned by your investment by not knowing about the basic legal aspects involved. Find out more about conveyancers and conveyancing.
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MARRIAGE: THE LEGAL ASPECTS

Whether you are already married or if you intend getting married soon, it is important to know that the Matrimonial Property Act has a direct effect on your assets. It is,therefore, important that you consider it carefully.
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DECEASED ESTATES

This brochure will inform you of the main features of the administration of deceased estates as well as the legal aspects involved. Find out why it is important to have an attorney draw up your will and to appoint and Executor for your estate.
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CONSUMER PROTECTION ACT

The Consumer Protection Act protects all individual persons and small businesses with assets and turnover of less than R2 million.
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