Family and Divorce
Family and Divorce options include negotiation, mediation, collaboration and litigation. We are heartened to see the new High Court Rule 41A which requires parties contemplating litigation to incorporate mediation in their resolution process.
Mediation is in most instances less costly for the client, facilitates the repairing of fractured relationships and is in the best interests of all concerned. Judge Brassey commented in the family matter BvB : “As happens in most wars of attrition, by the time the war has come to an end both sides have lost. There is now permanent hatred between the parties and their joint assets have been consumed to pay legal fees.”
So it is that we believe that litigation should be considered as a last resort, where one or both of the parties are unwilling or unable to negotiate an amicable settlement.
Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) refers to all forms of dispute resolution other than litigation which is done using Court adjudication. ADR’s can include negotiation, mediation or arbitration.
As Mediators, we have the expertise to assist parties to understand the dispute holistically and consider settlement options. We participate as independent and impartial Mediators with the necessary skills to facilitate agreements in a fair and trustworthy manner. We understand conflict and have acquired the necessary know how to challenge and support the parties through the mediation process.
Litigation and Collections
Litigation is not for the faint of heart. It is a time consuming and costly process that should only be considered as a last resort.
We operate in all the Courts in South Africa, particularly in the High Court, Regional Court and Magistrate’s Court.
Property and Conveyancing
Conveyancing is the transfer of legal title in property from one person to another or the granting of an encumbrance such as a mortgage or a lien. It is a legal requirement that contracts for the sale of land be in writing and the transaction registered in the Deeds Office.
Administration of Deceased Estates
The process of deceased estate administration is initiated when a person passes away, and usually requires professional expertise because the process can be highly technical, depending on the deceased’s estate. The administration process ensures that the legislative imperatives are followed and the terms of the deceased’s Last Will and Testament are adhered to. If there is no Will, then distribution will take place in terms of the laws of intestate succession.
We give the family peace of mind, that the estate of their loved one is administered correctly, that SARS compliance will be attended to, the Master’s requirements adhered to and the estate properly distributed.
Wills and Trusts
A Will is a legal document which sets out a person’s instruction to their Executor on how to distribute the assets in their estate, and how to care for any dependants, should they pass away. Every person should have a Will, regardless of their financial standing.
If a person dies without leaving a valid Will, their estate will devolve according to the Intestate Succession Act 81 of 1987 (as amended). This means that their estate will be divided amongst their surviving spouse, children, parents or siblings according to a set “formula” which is set out in the Act.
Trusts are legal entities which are used to provide legal protection for the donor’s assets. The Trust is used to make sure assets are protected and distributed according to the wishes of the donor or trustee/s. They are often used to save time, reduce paperwork and, in some cases, avoid or reduce inheritance or estate taxes.
A Notary is a publicly commissioned official who inter alia serves as an impartial witness to the signing of a legal documents. Document signings, where the services of a Notary are likely, include Antenuptial Contracts, real estate deeds, affidavits, Wills, Trusts and powers of attorney.
Employment and Labour
South African labour law regulates the relationship between employers, employees and trade unions in the Republic of South Africa. The common-law concept of employment sets the scene for the interpretation of the legislation as it applies.
The contract of employment is the foundation of the relationship between an employee and his/her employer. Without an employment relationship between the parties, the rules of labour law do not apply.
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