Without wanting to be alarmist, please take the time to consider (and if necessary) update your personal affairs in relation to the following items.
The most common urgent legal disputes that we have to deal with over the festive period, tend to spring from these issues not having been properly dealt with before leaving on holiday.
- CoJ disputes
Please note that there are many unauthorized persons threatening to disconnect and disconnecting people, to get bribes. Please check with the CoJ call centre if you are threatened with cut off or cut off, in circumstances where you know you should not have been cut off.
If you have a dispute with the CoJ, please try logging a “fresh” query with the CoJ call centre before you go, simply to attempt to avoid any accidental cut offs (or to assist in arranging reconnection if need be over the festive season).
If you are cut off, or threatened, contact me as I am working throughout the holidays.
- Is your will signed, valid, current (up to date) and in a safe place? If it is not valid or cannot be found your estate will devolve in terms of the law of intestate succession and any inheritence that passes to minor children will be paid into the Guardian’s Fund until they reach majority.
- Do your loved ones know who to contact in the event of your death?
- Living will and organ donors
- Do you have (or need) a living will (a will that provides for life support to be switched off in certain circumstances)?
- Are you an organ donor? If so, where is your organ donor identification? Do your loved ones know?
Have you advised your insurer of your absence from your home if you are travelling? Many policies require this.
- Access to your house/car
Make sure that you leave your keys/alarm remote/gate remote/alarm code with a reliable friend/neighbour/family member, who can access your premises if need be to accessed to deal with anything (for example a water leak, electrical fire, break in).
- Inform your armed reaction service provider
Tell your armed reaction service provider if you are going to be away for an extended period of time, so they can keep an extra eye on the place. You might also need to give them a gate remote if they don’t already have one.
For those of you with trusts, ensure that the administration is up to date and that your fellow trustees know where the important documents are.
- Passports and identity documents
Keep these with you when you travel. You never know when you might need them. But make certified copies first to keep at home (leave these with the person to whom you have entrusted your affairs for emergencies), and keep an electronic copy easily accessible at all times.
The same goes for the birth certificates of your children, your driving licence, and any other important permits/identification forms.
- Travelling outside of RSA with children – unabridged birth certificates and permission from the other spouse
Although the stringent requirements have recently been relaxed, you will still need to ensure compliance with these regulations.
E – mail: Megan Harrington-Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
If you have tenants, and you manage your property/ies yourself, ensure that you have provided a trustworthy person with the details of the rental agreement, a copy of the spare keys for emergencies, the tenant’s contact details, and any other information that they might need to keep an eye over your rental property whilst you are away.
Chantelle Gladwin BA LLB (Rhodes) LLM (UNISA) (Notary) (Conveyancer)
Schindlers Attorneys, Conveyancers & Notaries and RCCI – EXCO Legal advisor
SECOND FLOOR, 3 MELROSE BOULEVARD, MELROSE ARCH, JOHANNESBURG