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December 2021 NEWSLETTER
Selling Your Home: How to be Lucky this Holiday Season

If you plan to take advantage of the Holiday Season to sell your house, your first prize will of course be finding the best buyer, at the best price, as quickly as possible. As always, there’s a degree of luck involved, but you can to a great extent “make your own luck”. 

So we’ll discuss the two elements of a “lucky sale” and then share some ideas on how to maximise them. Firstly, there should be a good number of qualified buyers around this year with our low interest rates and December’s track record as a great time for property sales.  

We’ll move on then to 12 tips on how to prepare, both legally and practically, for your “lucky” sale.

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When Can a Shop Be Sued for Damages If a Customer Falls?
ArticleImage Nothing puts a smile onto a shopkeeper’s face like the Festive Season. Packed malls, happy crowds after that perfect gift, seasonal decorations, and festive food. And – on the downside – an increased risk of shoppers “tripping and slipping”.

Keeping your eyes open for spills and other dangers is of course your first line of defence, but if you happen to be one of those unlucky shoppers who gets injured, can you sue the shop? And what if they have disclaimer “enter at your own risk” signs everywhere? As a shop or mall owner, how can you protect yourself from claims?

We address those questions by discussing a recent High Court award of damages to a mother who slipped on wet tiles, and broke her elbow trying to protect the baby in her arms from her fall.
   
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Don’t Let Delays in the Master’s Office Leave Your Family in Financial Distress
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When you die your grieving loved ones could face cash flow problems unless you proactively take steps now to ensure that they will have access to enough ready funds for them to live comfortably whilst your estate is being wound up.

Critically, all your bank accounts and other assets will be frozen and inaccessible to your family, and your chosen executor will have no power to deal with anything until officially authorised to do so by the Master of the High Court.

That’s always been a source of delay, but those delays are worsening. We share some ideas on how to shield your family from financial distress at the worst possible time…
   
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PAIA Manuals and the 31 December 2021 Deadline: Crying Wolf Again, or Real This Time?
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Once again, a deadline has been set for all businesses, including those currently exempt, to prepare and lodge their PAIA (Promotion of Access to Information Act) Manuals.

This time the deadline is 31 December 2021, and many business owners will be tempted to ignore it as yet another instance of government “Crying Wolf”. That however is probably not a good idea, with indications that this time the deadline may not be extended at the last minute as has happened previously.

We share some thoughts on why that is, and on why, even if a further extension is eventually announced, you should think of complying now anyway.
   
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Your Website of the Month: How to Find and Remove Spyware from Your Cellphone
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Take a moment to think of how much damage a cybercriminal, an industrial spy, or perhaps even a malicious stalker or vengeful ex-employee, could do to you personally and to your business if they succeed in getting spyware onto your phone.

For most of us, that’s a frightening thought, demanding immediate action. But what should you do, and how?

We direct you to an article confirming that “spyware on your cellphone” is a real threat, explaining what it is, listing the warning signs of infection, and most importantly suggesting action to take immediately to protect yourself…
   
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Thank you for your support in 2021.  

Have a Wonderful Festive Season, and a Happy and Prosperous 2022.

Enjoy the Break!

   

Disclaimer

The information provided herein should not be used or relied on as professional advice. No liability can be accepted for any errors or omissions nor for any loss or damage arising from reliance upon any information herein. Always contact your professional adviser for specific and detailed advice.


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