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There are two outcomes

There are two outcomes

An assistant butchery manager at processed meat manufacturer, who went to work after testing positive for Covid-19 and even hugged a colleague who suffered from comorbidities – was dismissed fairly, The Star reports according to the Labour Court following a dismissal...

Trust clause ruled to be discriminatory

Trust clause ruled to be discriminatory

Wilkinson and Another v Crawford N.O. and Others [2021] ZACC 8 The facts of this matter were summarised in our previous reports about the judgements of the Cape High Court (WCHC) and the Supreme Court of Appeals (SCA). In short in 1953 a testator bequeathed part of...

A PERSPECTIVE ON BENEFICIARIES’ RIGHTS

A PERSPECTIVE ON BENEFICIARIES’ RIGHTS

This is a useful article by Phia van der Spuy setting out a simple explanation of beneficiaries rights trusts. Many trustees believe that beneficiaries have no rights, especially if they are contingent beneficiaries in a discretionary trust. Personal right against...

When a Trustee can and cannot be removed

When a Trustee can and cannot be removed

Herewith an informative article written by Phia van der Spuy: Trustees are legally vested with the administration of the trust’s assets. They must manage the assets and liabilities of the trust in terms of the provisions of the trust instrument and the law, and not...

Euthanasia applicants exaggerating illnesses, claims HPCSA

Euthanasia applicants exaggerating illnesses, claims HPCSA

The Health Professions Council (HPCSA) is opposing the latest bid to legalise euthanasia, claiming the applicants are exaggerating their illnesses. According to Rapport, the application by palliative care doctor Sue Walter (47) and her patient Dieter Harck (71) was...

ANCIENT GENDER-BASED INHERITANCE LAW OVERRULED

ANCIENT GENDER-BASED INHERITANCE LAW OVERRULED

An out-and-out disinheritance clause in a will executed more than 100 years ago that excluded female lineal descendants has been overruled by the Constitutional Court, says a Cape Times report. It held that the Equality Act was now the benchmark to evaluate the...

Considerations when defining Trust beneficiaries

Considerations when defining Trust beneficiaries

Beneficiaries are those persons who are initially defined by the founder in the trust instrument and are subsequently selected by the trustees from time to time in terms of the trust instrument stipulations, set by the founder. The Trust Property Control Act does not...

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