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Radio 702

7pm. Monday, 17 March sees Jacob Modise on Legally Speaking on 702.  The station which was previously impossible to listen to, is now on FM and worth a listen now and then.  Leigh Bennie will be hosting as usual and Ronald Bobroff will be dealing with the legal issues and discussing the issues with Jacob Modise - interestingly enough, at Jacob Modise's own request, the CEO of the RAF for 2 hours this coming Monday.  The show simply cannot be missed.

The studio number is 011 8830702 - so call in if you have questions.

Posted by Michael de Broglio on Wednesday 12-Mar-08   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  Comments
RAF budget at Parliament
If you would like to hear what Jacob Modise told Parliament at the recent budget hearing of the Road Accident Fund, access the audio of the meeting here on the PMG site: http://www.pmg.org.za/node/10824
Posted by Michael de Broglio on Wednesday 12-Mar-08   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  Comments
Fee agreements

Clients must sign a normal hourly fee agreement.  Always.  After that you can consider the agreement in terms of the Contingency Fees Act and/or common law contingency.  Do not be stupid enough to simply try a sign a common law contingency agreement when there are disputes as to how Courts may treat them.  If you want to work on a contingency basis then get your clients to sign 3, yes 3 agreements:

*a common law contingency agreement
*a statutory agreement as per the Act
*an hourly fee agreement

If nothing else an hourly fee agreement will back you up when all else goes wrong.  Remember in terms of the Lyons vs D'Abro case to attach, and get the client to initial, the actual tariff.

Our Courts have held that attorneys without proper fee agreements must expect to find themselves in the same situation as a person who loans money without getting people to sign acknowledgments of debt.  Don't let that be you.  You have been warned!

Posted by Michael de Broglio on Wednesday 12-Mar-08   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  Comments

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