Some of you have already embarked on your holidays for a week or two whilst others may be counting the days until the start of their break – and for the less fortunate who fall in neither category, this letter will nonetheless also be of value to you. We at Hildebrand Attorneys fall in the second category and would like to advise you of our opening times until close of the office during the public holidays and use this opportunity to update you on some important developments within our firm.
The holiday season often allows you to reflect on some unfinished business, whether it is updating your Last Will and Testament (we need not emphasize that every person should have a valid Will drawn up as it can avoid many potential pitfalls) or reviewing your insurance policy to ensure that you are adequately insured in the event of a loss.
As you contemplate the challenges and opportunities ahead in 2017, you should also be looking at budgeting for the likely expenses to be incurred and required cash flow. The best way to limit your risk exposure from a legal point of view is to have the necessary contracts in place that govern your important areas of life (e.g. just to name a few: an employment contract if you are a salaried employee; a shareholder agreement if you are a co-owner of a business, a supplier agreement if you have an important relationship with a specific supplier that requires you to secure a commitment for a certain period, a building contract if you plan to make important improvements or alterations). This can save you an incredible amount of money in the long term should ever a situation arise where there is disagreement about what has been agreed. Also ensure that your personal and business documents are properly organised and secure: create a file with all the important documents (Last Will, insurance policies, investment statements, specific contracts, birth certificates, antenuptial contract, etc.) and instructions with relevant further information should the need arise for someone having to attend to your affairs in the event of your disposition. Also ensure that you have an electronic copy of these documents if ever the originals get lost, damaged or stolen.
Our closing times: Hildebrand Attorneys will be closed from the 23rd December 2016 until the 3rd January 2017.
We wish you a wonderful festive season, a well-deserved break, and most importantly, quality time with your loved ones.