Practice Management

Open letter to candidates sitting for the notarial examinations

By Examiner, Gauteng As a member of both the drafting panel and panel of examiners for notarial papers, I must admit to being somewhat alarmed and concerned about the standard […]

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Instituting a PI claim on behalf of a client: Some considerations to be taken into account

By Thomas Harban Certain general areas of concern with professional indemnity (PI) claims In our previous practice management articles, the Attorneys Insurance Indemnity Fund NPC (the AIIF) have often focussed […]

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Professional indemnity claims and breaches of the professional duties of an attorney: Is there a link?

By Thomas Harban At the Attorneys Insurance Indemnity Fund NPC (the AIIF), notifications are often received from practitioners against whom complaints have been lodged with the respective statutory provincial law […]

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Susceptible to scams?

By the Risk Management Unit of the Attorneys Fidelity Fund Running a business opens one to susceptibility to fraudsters who are continuously looking for new ways to make money. Scams […]

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Letters of engagement – documenting the ambit of the instruction given to the attorney

By Thomas Harban In previous articles that have been published by the Attorneys Insurance Indemnity Fund NPC (the AIIF) in the Risk Alert Bulletin and elsewhere, we have set out […]

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Does your practice have an effective risk management plan?

By Ann Bertelsmann No matter how large or how small any business is, it is essential to have a risk management plan in place. In this regard, attorneys’ practices are […]

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Applying for a Fidelity Fund Certificate

By the financial forensic unit of the Attorneys Fidelity Fund Section 41 of the Attorneys Act 53 of 1979 requires a practitioner to be in possession of a Fidelity Fund […]

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Trust account risk and risk to the practice’s business

By Jannie Dannhauser Whenever I do an audit on an attorney’s trust account, I am reminded of the uniqueness of the accounting and systems related to attorney trust accounts. As […]

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Are you in touch with reality …?

By the financial forensic unit of the Attorneys Fidelity Fund Aspirant business people can be overwhelmed by the thought of running their own business and they sometimes disconsider realities of […]

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Why do start-up law firms fail?

By Moroke Phajane Start-up law firms fail as a result of various factors. In 2013, The Mail and Guardian‘s Thought Leader reported that 78 attorneys nationally were struck from the […]

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