Friday, September 26, 2014
Friday, September 19, 2014
Here's the hard-working bunch that are keeping the Toti office of Mc Naught and Co spinning - Partner Dave Mc Naught, Professional Assistant and Attorney Mika, Sharon and Candice and in the bottom photo we are joined by Patricia.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
The instances of couples, where one is infertile or in same-sex relationships, taking on a surrogate mother for their future child are growing in South Africa. It is important for the sake of the biological mother, the couple and the child that adequate protection exists for the respective interests of all. This has been recognised by the Government here.
Surrogate motherhood agreements are governed by the Children's Act 38 of 2005. Section 292 requires such an agreement to be in writing, signed by all parties and confirmed by the High Court.
Section 296 (1) (a) provides: "No artificial fertilisation of the surrogate mother make take place.. before the surrogate motherhood agreement is confirmed by the Court". Furthermore there is also section 303 (1) which provides: "No person may artificially fertilise a woman in the execution of a surrogate motherhood agreement or render assistance in such artificial fertilisation, unless that fertilisation is authorised by a court in terms of the provisions of the Act." In terms of section 305 (1) (b) read with 305 (6) - (7) carrying out an artificial fertilisation contrary to the provisions of the Act is a punishable offence. (Acknowledgement to de Rebus)
We can help
Clearly it is in the interests of all parties contemplating surrogacy that they get correct legal advice before taking the next step. We at Mc Naught and Company are able to provide such a service and help you get started with the family you have always wanted.
It's national Wills Week and you can get yours free now through Mc Naught and Company and other participating attorneys. Download one off our website link or call in to draft your free will. http://maclaw.co.za/estates.php
Val Herbert, who retired from our office at the end of last year at the ripe old age of 77, having worked for over 20 years as our bond registration specialist, has passed away after a short illness.
We pay tribute to Val for her tireless, loyal and dedicated work over all those years. Val loved a party and we had many with her dancing around the pole, enjoying our sea cruises and being the life of the party. She was reknowned for her expertise in registering mortgage bonds for the banks and routinely had Mc Naught and Company up in Standard Bank's top-10 for registration efficiency in Kwa-Zulu Natal. An avid bowler she will also be sorely missed by her friends at Wentworth Bowling Club where she notched up several victories over the years.
|Val Herbert (right) seen with Molly, partner Dave's Mom, who is another long-standing Staff member|
|Val Herbert (centre) at a company function with Marlene (left) and partner Mark Leathers (right)|