Answers to your questions

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I received an RDP house in 2008 but I could not occupy due to illegal invaders. Now the municipality is claiming unpaid rates from me. What can I do?

You need a lawyer to help resolve this situation

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I am in a same-sex marriage, and Home Affairs has denied my application to change my surname to my spouse's. Is this legal?

Home Affairs is wrong, but it is complicated.

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My sister's ID has the wrong birth date, how can this be corrected?

Here's how to fix an error on an ID document.

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What are the risks involved in the informal buying of an RDP house, and how can I ensure that the house is correctly registered and transferred?

You will need the title deed and a conveyancing attorney to make mitigate the risk.

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Is my sister the only one allowed to benefit from my father's inheritance?

Yes, if she is the sole beneficiary of your father's will.

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How can I transfer an RDP house into my child’s name, when I have a letter of authority?

You need to make sure the title deed is in your child's name.

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Why is SASSA demanding my late husband's death certificate when he died twenty years ago?

SASSA needs proof, but Home Affairs should help you.

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Can my mother get UIF and SASSA pensions at the same time?

Yes, but that might not be in your mother's best interests.

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My mother used to work at large company but was dismissed decades ago. Can she claim a pension from them?

To begin with, you will need to check if your mother's benefits are in an unclaimed benefit fund.

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The house where my mother has lived for ten years seems to have been sold. What happens now?

The new owners have to follow proper procedures.

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