Twenty common legal questions and brief answers – Know your rights

Legal Questions and Answers South Africa Advocate Muhammad Abduroaf 

What are twenty (20) common legal questions and answers in South Africa?

While legal questions can vary depending on country and circumstances, here are 20 common legal questions and brief answers. Keep in mind that these responses are general and may not cover all aspects of the law. If you have specific legal concerns, it’s always advisable to consult with a qualified attorney or advocate.

  1. What should I do if I’m involved in a car accident?

    • Answer: Ensure everyone is safe, call the police, exchange information with the other party, and document the scene.
  2. How do I create a legally binding contract?

    • Answer: Include offer, acceptance, consideration, legality, capacity, and intention to create legal relations.
  3. What is the process for filing for divorce?

    • Answer: It generally involves filing a Summons, serving the other party, and going through court proceedings.
  4. How can I protect my intellectual property?

    • Answer: Register trademarks, patents, or copyrights depending on the type of intellectual property.
  5. What is the difference between a will and a living will?

    • Answer: A will outlines distribution of assets after death; a living will expresses medical treatment preferences.
  6. How can I start a small business legally?

    • Answer: Register your business, obtain necessary licenses, and comply with tax regulations.
  7. What are my rights if I’m arrested?

    • Answer: You have the right to remain silent, the right to an attorney, and the right to a fair trial.
  8. How does insolvency work?
    • Answer: It generally involves the filing of a Court Application, attending a meeting of creditors, and the discharge of debts.
  9. Can I be fired without cause?

    • Answer: No
  10. What is the process for adopting a child?

    • Answer: It involves an application to the Children’s Court, where an adoption social worker gets involved. The process is outlined in the Children’s Act.
  11. What rights do tenants have?

    • Answer: Rights include the right to a habitable dwelling, privacy, and protection from unlawful eviction.
  12. How do I deal with workplace discrimination?

    • Answer: Document incidents, report to HR, and consult an employment lawyer if necessary.
  13. What steps should I take after being injured in a slip and fall accident?

    • Answer: Seek medical attention, document the scene, and consult with an attorney or advocate.
  14. Can I represent myself in court?

    • Answer: Yes, but it’s often advisable to seek legal representation for complex matters.
  15. What is the process for obtaining a patent?

    • Answer: File a patent application with the relevant patent office.
  16. What age is a child an adult?
    • Answer: 18
  17. Where do I get divorced?
    • Answer: You start the process by issuing a Summons out of the Court.
  18. How can I dispute a traffic ticket?

    • Answer: Follow the procedures outlined on the ticket, gather evidence, and consider consulting with an attorney or advocate.
  19. What rights do I have when stopped by the police?

    • Answer: You have the right to remain silent, the right to refuse searches, and the right to an attorney.
  20. How do I start the process of creating a will?

    • Answer: Consult with an attorney, list your assets, and specify your wishes for distribution. You can also do it on your own if you know what you are doing.

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