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Monica Drotsky
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Elmarie
Stefanie Ash
Lynette Claassen
Izelle van Heerden
Anel Krog
marilouise

about us…

Our most important relationships are with our family – parents, children, spouses, ex-spouses and siblings at various times deeply impact our lives.

And it is because these relationships are important that issues tend to be emotional and consequential.

We deliver a broad range of services that guarantee measurable results and a positive impact on your private or business life. 

Anne-marie du Toit graduated with B.Proc.  LL.B. -degrees from the Rand Afrikaans University in 1999, whereafter she completed her articles in Roodepoort, Gauteng.   She was admitted as an attorney with High Court appearance in February 2002 and started her own practice in October 2006 in the picturesque town of Parys on the banks of the Vaal River.  She is involved locally with the Community Police Forum as chairperson and in various community projects.

Monica Drotsky graduated with an LL.B-degree from the University of South Africa.  She completed her articles of clerkship in Parys and was then admitted as an attorney of the High Court of South Africa whereafter she relocated to Amanzimtoti, where she specialises in family law matters.  She also holds a qualification in Medical Law which she obtained from L.E.A.D.

Du Toit Drotsky Attorneys is the address where you will find hope and assistance with a broad spectrum of legal services.  Anne-marie and Monica practice in Family Law specifically, including  divorces, parenting plans & mediation, settlement agreements, maintenance, family violence & harassment, contact rights, debt counselling, ante nuptial contracts and liquidating of joint estates.  We have extensive experience in matters involving the family advocate.

Anne-marie also acts as consultant for small and medium businesses where she deals with all relevant business & labour related matters while Monica also deals with medical negligence claims, personal injuries and criminal law matters.  We also deal with all civil litgation, contracts and debt collection, assisting individuals with section 65-proceedings, deal with any correspondent attorneys matters,  and have a track record of successful evictions from residential properties.

Leentjie van Dyk is a brilliant legal secretary responsible for our debt collection department and general reception duties at the firm.  She has exceptional talent in dealing with the public. 

We also render services in certain conveyancing matters.  You may thus refer your sale of immovable property to us as well.

Stefanie Ash (LL.B RAU) joined the firm as consultant in certain specialised fields, including human resource management; project management; labour related matters and policies & procedures; PMBOK, plans, charters;  ISO9001;  NEC, FIDIC, JBCC, contract management, sub-contractors, variation orders, early warnings, compensation events; mining, engineering and construction contracts – shaft sinking, equipping, infrastructure development, exploration drilling, contract management, standard documents, contractual claims, shop exchanges, variations, instructions;    etc. 

Lynette Claassen and Elmarie Greeff render specialist services as registered debt counsellors. Debt Review Applications and Voluntary Distributions are thus areas of specialisation.  Every client applying is treated with the dignity he/she deserves and applications are treated with professionalism and confidentiality. They however operate on their own under the name and style of Lynette Claassen Debt Counselling (Pty) Ltd.  Their debt counselling services are offered nation wide.

Elmarie also holds qualifications in Advanced Project Management & Finance Management from Damelin, has certificates in Estate Agency & Residential Property Valuation from the Institute of Estate Agents of South Africa and is a qualified First Aid Trainer.

High School teacher Izelle van Heerden (B.Sc UOVS) is a NQF4 qualified estate agent and has more than a decade’s experience in real estate.  We are proud of our comprehensive portfolio of estate living and investment properties.    Izelle specialises in river front and golf estate properties and built the business on the principles of the love for the property, style and estate living.  We strive to find our clients local and abroad the perfect property, so that, with us, you can live the dream. We are registered with Ooba and thus assist with bond originating.

Anel Krog (LL.B NWU) joined the firm in 2019 as candidate attorney.  Anel grew up in Senekal, is an energetic and ambitious young woman, eager to learn and overcome challenges.  She is responsible for our correspondent attorneys’ department.

Marilouise Wissing  (BA Komm Hons.) joined the firm in 2019 as experienced estate agent.  She also has experience as financial consultant, bond originator, is registered as an assessor with the Education and Training Quality Authority, and has completed a course in debt counselling.  

Being an exclusive female team, we understand the complex emotions involved in basic legal problems of the man on the street, which has contributed to our popularity .  Praise goes to our Heavenly Father. 

 

  • Family Law
  • Divorces
  • Maintenance
  • Family Violence
  • Harassment
  • Parenting plans
  • Contact rights to children
  • Property settlements
  • Liquidation joint estates
  • Law of Contract
  • Eviction orders
  • Criminal law
  • Labour Law
  • Debt Review
  • Civil litigation
  • Conveyancing
  • Real estate agency
  • Ante nuptial contracts
  • Debt Collection
  • Wills & Trusts

main  family law services

Divorces

If you chose the wrong spouse, make sure to choose the right divorce attorney.

Maintenance

Your children has the right to be supported by both parents.

Family Violence

I am not crazy or unstable. I was abused.  I am a survivor.

Why is it important to have a will?

Nobody wants to think about dying, and therefore we often put off making a will.  However, all of us accumulate assets during our lifetime, and even if these assets are of no great monetary value, they may be of sentimental value to our families and us.  By drawing up a will (a document wherein you set out how your possessions are to be distributed after your death), you ensure that your family will be looked after when you are no longer there for them, especially if you have minor children, and that your assets are properly protected in accordance with your wishes.  If you die intestate, without a valid will, your assets will be distributed according to the law of intestate successions, which involves a set formula that may be far removed from your intentions.  It is therefore imperative that a will be drawn up to avoid lengthy delays in winding up your affairs.
                                           
Any person over the age of 16 years, who is of a sound mind, may make a will.  You may draw up your own will, but, since strict formalities apply for the drawing up of wills, it is advisable to contact a professional to ensure that all legal aspects are covered and that your wishes are set out clearly. 

If you die without a will, an administrator will have to be appointed to administer your estate which will be distributed according to the laws of intestate succession. As such, your assets may not be distributed as you would have wished. It also means that the process will be delayed and that there will be additional expense and frustration which most people would not want to inflict on their loved ones during a time of loss.

When drafting your will, it’s important to consider the nature of your relationship with your ‘significant other’. If you are married in community of property, you only own half of all assets registered in your name and that of your spouse. Your spouse therefore still remains a one half share owner of any fixed property you may want to bequeath to a third party which could potentially present difficulties.If you are married in terms of the accrual regime, the calculation to determine which spouse has a claim against the other to equalise the growth of the respective estates only occurs at death. Your spouse may therefore have a substantial claim against your estate necessitating the sale of assets you had not intended to be sold.

Along side your will, prepare the following in relation to any immovable property you may own – 

  • State where your title deeds are kept and record any outstanding bonds and all insurance
  • File up-to-date rates and taxes receipts
  • Record details of the leases on any property you have
  • State who collects your rent
  • State who compiles your yearly accounts
  • State where your water, lights and refuse deposit receipts are kept

Our most important relationships are with our family – parents, children, spouses, ex-spouses and siblings at various times deeply impact our lives.

And it is because these relationships are important that issues tend to be emotional and consequential.

 

We deliver a broad range of services that guarantee measurable results and a positive impact on your private or business life.

It is very important to fully understand issues before helping clients resolve matters.