Most people cannot afford comprehensive legal assistance. Those in need of legal assistance are grateful for any assistance they can get and are willing to pay what they can afford. The demand, particularly for civil legal services, is exceedingly high in South Africa. More and more people are seeking advice from a lawyer in these instances but only to a limited extent (ie, providing advice or the drafting of pleadings). In the United States (US), the practice of ghostwriting to provide anonymous but professionally drafted petitions to appellate courts has not only been limited to civil cases. Legal representatives across the world are currently delivering various unbundled legal services, for example, limited telephone advice or limited representation during mediation.
The Road Accident Fund Amendment Act 19 of 2005 came into effect on 1 August 2008. The provisions discussed in this article affect persons injured in motor vehicle accidents that occurred on or after 1 August 2008 only.