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to listen and understand
Our mission is to provide our clients with knowledgeable, in-depth, legal guidance and service in a timely manner. We are dedicated to providing our clients with value and meeting our customers’ requirements.
to have a positive impact
To create a different kind of law firm, putting culture first, with great people doing the best legal work for our clients., while actively seeking new opportunities of growth.
The people at our firm are our chief resource and we strive to utilise them to the best of their ability, in the best interest of all our clients.
no fault principal
"Sometimes marriages just don't work out" - Justice Madlanga in DEvRH CCT182/14 ZACC18
you are a survivor
You are not crazy or unstable. You were abused.
Your children has the right to be supported by both parents
We resolve family issues.
We understand that all family law issues facing our clients are important, no matter how big or small. Therefore we believe that it is very important to first fully understand issues before helping clients resolve matters. Solutions which are outside the box are often only possible if the attorney truly listens and understands the issues. But at the same time, not every problem can be resolved through negotiations. At those times, clients can rest assured that their interests will be protected aggressively.
South Africa is a country rich in tradition and culture, viewed by many across the globe as a symbol of hope. And in South Africa one of the secrets of a successful business practice is to manage change successfully - by breaking through old barriers with new and innovative solutions, without losing one's identity and essential culture. We take pride in our ability to attend to all aspects of the law, not regarding any problem as too big or too small, and in our readiness to meet new challenges, through commitments to our clients, our staff, our profession and to the future. We invite you to climb new mountains with us and to embark on this exciting journey, hand in hand, as partners.
Family law is an area of law that deals with family matters and domestic relations, which may include: -
>marriage, civil unions and domestic partnerships
> adoption and surrogacy
>child abuse and child abduction
>termination of relationships including divorce, annulment,
>parental rights and responsibilities
> contact rights to children
>parenting plans and mediation
>family violence and harassment
>ante nuptial contracts
>liquidation of joint estates
Our services inter alia include -
All aspects of Family Law
Motion court and applications
Rental agreements & evictions
Labour Law matters
Drafting of contracts
Wills and estates
Third party claims RAF
All types of correspondent attorneys matters
General attorney services
There ain't no mountain high enough... South Africa is a country rich in tradition and culture, viewed by many across the globe as a symbol of hope. And in South Africa one of the secrets of a successful business practice is to manage change successfully - by breaking through old barriers with new and innovative solutions, without losing one's identity and essential culture. We take pride in our ability to attend to all aspects of the law, not regarding any problem as too big or too small, and in our readiness to meet new challenges, through commitments to our clients, our staff, our profession and to the future. We invite you to climb new mountains with us and to embark on this exciting journey, hand in hand, as partners.
We deliver a broad range of services that guarantee measurable results and a positive impact on your private of business relationships.
Anne-marie du Toit obtained her B.Proc and LL.B - degrees from the Rand Afrikaans University in 1998 and 1999 respectively, whereafter she did her articles and was employed in Roodepoort and Krugersdorp on Johannesburg's West Rand. She was admitted as an attorney in February 2002 and enrolled to appear in the High Court of South Africa, being currently enrolled in three law societies, i.e. the LPC of the Northern Provinces, Free State and Kwazulu-Natal. Anne-marie loves working with members of the public and deals with any civil law and conveyancing matters at our Parys Branch, as well as being involved in many community projects. She has a daughter and enjoys farm life.
Monica Drotsky obtained her LL.B-degree from the University of South Africa, whereafter she completed her articles and was employed at attorneys' firms at Parys in the Free State, while simultaneously trained as a transcriber. She is currently enrolled in the Free State, Kwazulu-Natal and Northern Provinces as an attorney. Although Monica is trained and experienced in both criminal and civil law, she has a specific passion for family law, with extensive experience in matters pertaining to the best interest of children. She also holds a certificate in medical law, is married with two sons and enjoys the outdoors, where her hobbies includes skydiving, rowing and arts & music.
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it is important to have a will
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
In a diverse society like South Africa, relationships between people can take numerous forms. People can enter into civil marriages, same-sex marriages, customary marriages, religious marriages or domestic partnerships (cohabitation/living together). Marriage, also called matrimony or wedlock, may be defined as a legally recognised, life-long, voluntary union between a man and a woman, or two people of the same sex. The definition of marriage differs according to culture, but is commonly an institution in which an interpersonal relationship, usually intimate and sexual, is acknowledged through the exclusion of all other persons.
Civil marriages have always been recognised and fully protected by the law, and now so are same-sex and customary marriages.
Religious marriages are recognised by our courts only in some instances, and domestic partnerships have no legal protection. The formalisation and registration of civil marriages, customary marriages and same-sex marriages (civil unions) are all managed by the Department of Home Affairs. For nearly five decades, civil marriage in South Africa has been governed and regulated by the Marriage Act 25 of 1961.
Customary marriages are recognised through the Recognition of Customary Marriages Act 120 of 1998, which came into effect in November 2000. Following the acceptance of the Civil Union Act 17 of 2006, South Africa became one of very few countries to give legal protection and marriage benefits to partners in same-sex relationships. The legislation was adopted as a direct response to a landmark decision made by the Constitutional Court.
Although purely religious marriages are not recognised as valid marriages by South African law, the courts and the legislature have in the past been prepared to grant piecemeal extensions of the law of marriage to such relationships.
Domestic, cohabitation or life partnerships, where two people, regardless of gender, live together without marrying under the Civil Union Act, are not regulated by law. Until domestic partnership legislation is enacted, the position of unmarried domestic partners will continue to be fragmented, inconsistent and fraught with uncertainty.