Austen Smith Attorneys, Conveyancers and Notaries in Pietermaritzburg

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Austen Smith offers a wide-range of expert legal advice in various fields, including High Court, Regional Court and Magistrate’s Court litigation, Collections, Conveyancing and Agency Conveyancing, as well as Commercial Law. We also have a Specialist Fiduciary Services Department and are perfectly positioned to offer you superior Estate Planning and Trust advice.

Situated in the Provincial Capital, Pietermaritzburg, and at the seat of the High Court, the Master’s Office and the provincial Deeds Office, we are proud to serve both our local community and our agents in other provinces.

Maintaining consistently high standards of work in our Bond Departments, we have served on the panels of the 4 major South African banks for decades. Our relationship with Standard Bank goes back over 100 years.

We are an authorised financial services provider, duly registered with the Financial Services Board and we have a dedicated investment administrator who ensures that your valuable investment is invested optimally and at favourable rates with the major banking institutions.

Legal Services

Fiduciary services

Fiduciary Services The Fiduciary Services department of Austen Smith handles the drafting of wills and estate planning, the administration of estates, trusts and personal affairs and generally looking after and caring for clients.  We also draft and execute Antenuptial contracts and attest other notarial documentation. We attend on the Masters office daily. The department is…

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Litigation

Litigation Constitutional Court Litigation relating to constitutional issues and rights High Court Motion Court appearances Civil litigation Commercial litigation Matrimonial and family law litigation Motor vehicle accident claims Personal injury claims Liquidations and Insolvencies Criminal law cases Magistrate’s Court Civil litigation Criminal cases in both district and regional courts Arbitrations and Mediation – in civil…

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Labour Law

Labour Law Employment contracts, including conditions of employment Negotiation of collective agreements Wage negotiations Dispute resolution Representation in CCMA and Labour Courts Nicci joined Austen Smith in 2016 as a Consultant in South African Labour Law. Nicci’s academic qualifications include BA(UNP), LLB(UNP), LLM(UKZN). With regard to her professional qualifications, Nicci is an Admitted Attorney and…

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Debt Collections

Debt Collections David Poole davidpoole@austensmith.co.za David Poole heads up the firm’s debt collections department which has over 20 years’ experience. All staff are actively involved with all of the collection matters on behalf of clients.  We adopt a hands-on approach and are also pragmatic about assessing the chances of the recovery of the debt. Our…

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Conveyancing

Conveyancing Services The firm has specialised Local and Agency Conveyancing Departments. The Services provided are: Drafting of Agreements and Contracts Transfers of conventional properties Opening of Sectional Title registers Registrations of Mortgage Bonds Sectional Title transfers Opening of Township Registers Township Developments Registration of Notarial Deeds including Servitudes and Bonds Arranging short term bridging finance…

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OU SUIPIE SE HOEK

8th Oct 2019

Suipie finds that he has a good old wine month. Firstly, Suipie Jnr spoiled his father by producing a Hartenberg, but not just that, their top of the range, The Mackenzie, and more importantly, a 2005! Now, Suipie had tasted this, many moons ago.  It is a blend, almost a Bordeaux,  with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot…

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TIPS TO MANAGE DEBT AND MASTER YOUR MONEY

8th Oct 2019

Times are hard, and although hopefully we are now seeing the first green shoots in our economy, there has never been a better time to improve your relationship with money and the state of your finances. Have a look at these website articles for ideas on how to make a start – “No more fighting…

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HOW COURTS SORT FACT FROM FICTION – A TALE OF JAGS, DECEPTION AND DAMAGES

8th Oct 2019

“Truth will out” (Shakespeare) You are wondering whether you can win in court against an opponent where your two versions of what happened are totally at odds with each other. How will a judge decide where the truth lies? It’s an important question because even though you know you are telling the truth, the court…

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DEMENTIA AND INCAPACITY: WHAT IS A POWER OF ATTORNEY AND IS IT FOREVER?

8th Oct 2019

“The number of cases of dementia is estimated to almost triple by 2050” (World Health Organisation) Although the actual prevalence per capita of dementia is reportedly on the decline, aging populations ensure that it is becoming more and more of a problem in society – for older people, their families and caregivers. If someone close…

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LANDLORD VS TENANT: WHEN CAN YOU CUT ELECTRICITY OR CHANGE THE LOCKS?

8th Oct 2019

“Spoliation is the wrongful deprivation of another’s right of possession. The aim of spoliation is to prevent self-help. It seeks to prevent people from taking the law into their own hands … The cause for possession is irrelevant – that is why a thief is protected … The fact that possession is wrongful or illegal…

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OU SUIPIE SE HOEK

2nd Sep 2019

Suipie mentioned Ridgeback last month. They have always been very special to Suipie.  Not quite sure why, exactly.  obviously the wine itself has always been great (it for sure still is), but maybe there was something unpretentious and unassuming about the product, perhaps the label with the dog on it?  Never underestimate the power of…

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