The Kenyan President recently gave the directive for fresh vetting of public officers. Although the exercise is geared towards determining suitability to continue holding public office in public trust, and promote confidence in the public service, several legal questions arise from this directive.
Administration of estates is usually done under court supervision by appointing a person duly qualified and legally appointed. The appointed administrator safeguards the interests of the beneficiaries of the estate. These are the common mistakes an administrator should avoid.
Divorce is the dissolution of a marriage that has subsisted for three or more years. The common grounds for dissolution of all forms of marriage are cruelty, adultery, desertion, exceptional depravity and the irretrievable breakdown of the marriage, among others.
If we wish to increase the credibility of polygraph tests, the tests should be taken voluntarily and even then, the subject should be allowed to be guided by his lawyer and measures put in place to ensure that the subject is not coerced into giving consent.
Are you engaged in a not for profit venture in Kenya and are uncertain over the type of entity to use? Why not register a company limited by guarantee which has the following features.
It appears that some toy drones, no matter their size or use squarely fall within the ambit of the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA). So, parents watch out! Before you allow your child to fly that quad-copter you bought on Amazon, check the specifications.
It is not always the case that majority shareholders have the final say in company decisions. A minority shareholder can challenge the actions of majority shareholders that are not made in the best interest of the company.
Kenya has incorporated drones into its civil aviation regulatory framework. The Regulations prohibit any person from operating a drone in Kenya without KCAA authority. But why is KCAA, a National Government regulator, the sole regulator of these low-flying devices?
When terminating an employee’s services, it is important to consider the legal implications. These are five common mistakes that employers should avoid during termination in order to minimize the risk of litigation.
Did you know that your employment contract may still apply after you leave employment? Such contracts are known as restrictive contracts and are meant to protect an employer’s legitimate business interests including trade secrets, goodwill and business connections.
Contempt of court is the act of demeaning the court, preventing justice administration, or disobeying a sentence of the court. In Kenya, contempt of court proceedings have to be instituted within six months of the occurrence of the alleged contempt.
Legal guardianship is acquired after the death or presumption of death of either one or both parents of the child. It can be acquired either by a deed or will made by a parent before his/her death or by a court order.
The best interest of the child is the paramount consideration when deciding the legal custody of the child. However, a parent who is ordinarily entitled to custody over a child could lose it under these circumstances.
Persons with Disabilities Act makes provision for employment of persons with disabilities and prohibits anyone from denying a person with a disability access to opportunities for suitable employment. This is what you need to know about employment of persons with disabilities.
A personal representative is the person charged with dealing with the property of a deceased person. He can be appointed either by the deceased in his will or by the court upon application for a grant of administration where the deceased died without a will.
It is essential to involve a lawyer of good standing when buying or selling property. This is to ensure that the sale agreement and transfer documents are well drafted to protect your interests. There are other roles that the lawyer will play in the transaction.
The two ways of enforcing a trade mark is by an action in passing off (taken against a person who violates trademark rights in relation to an unregistered trademark) or an action against infringement (taken against a person who violates trademark rights in relation to a registered trademark).
Section 4 of the Employment Act prohibits the use of forced labour and makes it an offence for anyone to use or assist another person in recruiting, trafficking or using forced labour. Other offences are as stated here.
An order for maintenance is made when the court, orders a person to make payment for the child’s upkeep. Here are some of the factors that the court considers in making maintenance orders.
With increasingly stringent Labour laws you need to consider instances when using an independent contractor trumps getting an employee.
Did you know that you can now create a security over movable property from the comfort of your computer using your e-citizen account? The Movable Property Security Rights Act enacted in May 2017 which is aimed at improving access to finance now enables this.
After incorporation, every company is required to submit to the Registrar annual returns. Failure to file returns or filing returns that do not conform to the requirements under the law is an offence attracting a fine of up to Kshs. 200,000 on conviction.
Under The Children Act No. 8 of 2001, any child who is resident within Kenya is eligible for adoption, whether or not the child is a Kenyan citizen, and whether it was born in Kenya or not. The child has to be at least six weeks old and has to be declared free for adoption by a registered adoption society.
Copyright infringement includes doing an act protected by the copyright, making or importing a copy of the copyrighted work and circumventing measures meant to protect the copyrighted work, without a license from the copyright owner. These are the remedies available to a copyright owner.
Spousal consent is a requirement in any disposal or alteration of interest in matrimonial property. Despite property being registered in the name of one spouse, the other spouse has a beneficial interest in it if acquired during the subsistence of a marriage.
Registration of customary marriages in Kenya is governed by the Marriage (Customary Marriage) Rules, 2017, under the Marriage Act which require that all customary marriages be registered from the 1st of August 2017. The registration process begins with both parties appearing before the Registrar.
One of the statutory prerequisites for a redundancy procedure in Kenya is that the employer has to give written notification to the targeted employees at least one month before the commencement of the intended redundancy. There are other prerequisites for this process.
The Environment and Land Court (ELC) was established by the 2010 constitution, to determine all disputes relating to land and environment in Kenya. In determining these disputes, the court can issue several remedies including injunctions, award of damages and compensation.
Most social media users have shown a tendency of being reckless in their posts, maybe due to the illusion of anonymity which the Internet creates. Whereas freedom of expression is a hallmark of democracy, a person should not infringe on another’s right to a good name.
A will provides certainty to the surviving members of the deceased’s family, by distributing the property of the deceased according to his/her wishes. These are the legal requirements for a valid written will.
The Employment Act sets out the minimum standards that an employer should adhere to prior to terminating an employee’s services on grounds of poor performance, misconduct or physical incapacity. Here are some of the rights of an employee during disciplinary procedures.
Land being a precious commodity, has attracted people with genuine dealings as well as some crooked elements out to con rookie land buyers of their hard earned cash. The following tips should be helpful to a first time land buyer in Kenya.
If you intend to buy agricultural land and convert it to commercial use or vice versa, you will be forced to seek approval from the County Government, which has the authority to ensure that land owned by county residents is used for the purposes it has been intended for by the Director of Physical Planning.
Although the Constitution of Kenya states that the parties to a marriage have equal rights during the marriage and at the dissolution of the marriage, this does not mean that they have an equal share in the property that they own during the subsistence of the marriage and after divorce.