banner ad

RSSAsk Auntie

The legal obligations of child maintenance

The legal obligations of child maintenance

| 18/10/2017 | 4 Comments
What is the Cayman law regarding child support for parents that have separated? Auntie’s answer: Your question is pretty general, leaving your situation unclear. It would have helped to know if the child support is being contested between the parents and if the couple is married. However, I think [...]

Continue Reading

Getting excused from serving as a juror

Getting excused from serving as a juror

| 17/10/2017 | 9 Comments
As a Caymanian, I am truly happy to carry out juror duty for my country — it is an honour to do this. However, I am self-employed and my business is literally not able to run without me present, which can impact heavily on the income for my family. Should I be called for juror […] [...]

Continue Reading

Does CIREBA vet its members?

Does CIREBA vet its members?

| 16/10/2017 | 8 Comments
Does CIREBA run background checks on all its recognised agents, e.g. for any prior criminal records (particularly given the large sums of money they have access to)? Auntie’s answer: The Cayman Islands Real Estate Brokers Association (CIREBA) requires a prospective member to submit a police cleara [...]

Continue Reading

Shopper ignoring express checkout limit

Shopper ignoring express checkout limit

| 15/10/2017 | 29 Comments
On Saturday night I was at the supermarket and was only buying five things so went to one of the “seven items or less” queues. However, the person in front of me had a full basket and there were lots of people waiting behind me. The checkout person just kept scanning, even though it was [&hellip [...]

Continue Reading

No Netflix on smart TV

No Netflix on smart TV

| 13/10/2017 | 2 Comments
I bought a smart TV from a local discount store. It clearly said on the box that you could get Netflix as well as other streaming services like Hulu and Amazon on the TV, but when I got it home all I could get was YouTube. Netflix was simply not an option as an app. […] [...]

Continue Reading

Is it compulsory to pay service charge?

Is it compulsory to pay service charge?

| 10/10/2017 | 9 Comments
Is a service charge in the food industry or hotel mandatory, or discretionary? I had assumed this was to reward good service. If I felt I didn’t get good service I wouldn’t expect to have to pay a tip/gratuity. It seems that some restaurants and hotels view the service charge as the charge to pa [...]

Continue Reading

Combining commercial and residential developments

Combining commercial and residential developments

| 08/10/2017 | 3 Comments
Is it true that the zoning laws in George Town prohibit mixed use (residential above retail/commercial)? Seems like it would be a good fit to revive GT. Auntie’s answer: The zoning laws do allow for mixed-use developments but, not surprisingly, under specific conditions. A Department of Planning o [...]

Continue Reading

Recycling should be required in Cayman

Recycling should be required in Cayman

| 05/10/2017 | 27 Comments
I’m wondering why recycling is not mandatory in Cayman Islands. We all know garbage is a problem worldwide. But looking at “Mount Trashmore”, it’s huge here. In the past we had two garbage collections weekly, cut back to one now. Why doesn’t DEH replace the second colle [...]

Continue Reading

Upset by drivers using cell phones

Upset by drivers using cell phones

| 04/10/2017 | 9 Comments
There seems to have been a large increase in the number of drivers on mobile phones in recent months (even more than usual). I rarely undertake a journey without seeing at least one driver holding their phone out in front of them whilst driving. Other jurisdictions such as the UK are clamping down h [...]

Continue Reading

Worried about dangerous drivers in neighbourhood

Worried about dangerous drivers in neighbourhood

| 03/10/2017 | 6 Comments
I live on Old Crewe Road and have lived there for a number of years. Lately, I have noticed more and more cars become extremely aggressive in their driving, some going over 50mph and passing other cars on the road going nearly as fast. With this road being a residential road, also having a school [& [...]

Continue Reading

Insurance obstacle preventing necessary treatment

Insurance obstacle preventing necessary treatment

| 03/10/2017 | 7 Comments
I need an expensive procedure which is over the limits of my health insurance. I have negotiated a reduced price with the hospital if I pay them cash. However, my insurance company refuses to authorise me to proceed with the treatment, saying they will only reimburse the hospital directly, not to me [...]

Continue Reading

Regulations on child labour

Regulations on child labour

| 01/10/2017 | 2 Comments
What age can children start working and is there a restriction on the hours and times? Auntie’s answer: I asked the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) for help with your question. For the first part, an official explained, “There is no minimum age restricting when a child may star [...]

Continue Reading

Unhappy with CIREBA’s commission rate

Unhappy with CIREBA’s commission rate

| 28/09/2017 | 21 Comments
In a recent case in the UK six real estate agents were fined £370,000 for colluding in fixing their commission rates at 1.5%. An article can be found about it here. This practice is against the law in the UK and many other countries. In Cayman the standard commission rate is set by CIREBA and for [...]

Continue Reading

Calendar for Older Persons Month

Calendar for Older Persons Month

| 27/09/2017 | 1 Comment
As of this posting, 26 September, I note that the official CIG Facebook page lists the calendar for Older Persons Month – for October 2012! Why is this page five years out of date, and more importantly, what is the calendar for 2017?? It’s taken me 60+ years to “qualify” for this [...]

Continue Reading

An Auntie success story

An Auntie success story

| 25/09/2017 | 4 Comments
Does writing to Auntie about a problem or concern actually make a difference? Auntie’s answer: First, a confession: I wrote that question. But in my defence, I had a good reason, so keep reading. While I cannot say that I can always find the answer to a question or solve a reader’s issue, someti [...]

Continue Reading