OUR SERVICES

Coertze Attorneys specialise in the following fields of law:

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE & HARASSMENT

  • Applications for protection orders.
  • Defending of protection order applications.

CONTRACTS

  • Drafting civil and labour contracts.

WILLS AND ESTATES

  • Drafting of wills.
  • Winding up of deceased estates.

Coertze Attorneys also enjoys providing the following legal services to our clients:

CIVIL LITIGATION

Magistrate's Court & High Court.

MAINTENANCE MATTERS  

Maintenance and custody related claims.

CRIMINAL LITIGATION  

Bail applications and criminal trials.

DEBT COLLECTIONS  

Collection of unpaid debts.

DIVORCES & FAMILY LAW 

Contested and uncontested divorces.

CONVEYANCING  

Transfer of property and property related cases.

 

Our values remain constant in the commitment to provide the best, most efficient and friendly service available within the legal fraternity. Our areas of specialisation include Civil Law, Criminal Law, Labour Law and Conveyancing. We offer expert legal advice in all the abovementioned fields and will provide you with the best service and representation that we possibly can. Read more about how we can be of service to you in the below areas of the law.

CIVIL

Whether you are the plaintiff, defendant, applicant or respondent, it is important to know your rights, options and recourse available in South African courts when seeking to resolve disputes, collect debts, or enforce contracts.  Before one embarks on a process in the courts, it should be established what relief is sought. In other words, you should decide what the ideal outcome is that you are looking for.

The relief sought when going to court in a civil matter or dispute, is usually a demand for payment of a sum of money owed to you, demanding damages or performance in terms of an agreement, which is basically the fulfilment of an obligation by the other party. Generally, the first step in the legal process is a letter of demand, which is sent to the other party. A letter of demand sets out the cause of action on which the demand is based, and the other party is then given time to either reply or comply with the demand. If the demand is not met, the civil litigation process will ensue.

If you are in a dispute with another person or organisation and thinking about taking legal action against them, it is vital to have the support of an experienced civil litigation attorney. Coertze Attorneys will give you the appropriate legal advice and representation you need for your case.

LABOUR  

Labour relation legislation applies to all employees who ordinarily work in South Africa.  Therefore, the legislation also covers employees who work partly outside South Africa and partly inside South Africa. It is not possible for parties to contract outside of the Labour Relations Act, unless the legislation specifically permits.

In many cases, the legislation is supported by codes of practice which may be statutory codes of practice drawn up by the National Economic Development and Labour Council (NEDLAC)  or non-statutory codes of practice issued by the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation & Arbitration (CCMA).  These codes of practice, although often merely providing guidelines and accordingly not always being of direct legal effect, are taken into account by the Labour Courts in deciding whether or not an employer or employee has breached the statutory employment regulations.

Additionally, there are numerous laws implementing health and safety regulations.The Constitution further contains a Bill of Rights, Chapter Two, which enshrines the rights of all South Africans in the labour law environment.

CRIMINAL

Crime involves the infliction of harm against society. The function or object of criminal law is to provide a social mechanism with which to coerce members of society to abstain from conduct that is harmful to the interests of society. In South Africa, as in most adversarial legal systems, the standard of evidence required to validate a criminal conviction is proof beyond reasonable doubt. 

Coertze Attorneys will represent you in any criminal charges laid against you and will also assist you in the event where you wish to lay criminal charges against others for crimes committed against you.

CONVEYANCING

Conveyancing (or conveyance) is the legal term for the process whereby a person, company, close corporation or trust becomes the registered and legal owner of an immovable property or transfers such ownership to a specific purchaser. It also covers the process of the registration of mortgages. Conveyancing in South Africa can only be carried out by a licensed conveyancer, i.e. an attorney who has passed the National Conveyancing Examination.

After an agreement of sale has been made, a conveyancer is appointed (normally by the seller, although the buyer will pay the fees) and instructions are sent to him or her by the estate agent. These include the names of both the buyer and the seller, a copy of the agreement of sale, and the Identity or passport numbers and marital status of the buyer and seller. There are usually three attorneys involved in a conveyancing transaction, namely the bond cancellation attorney, bond registration attorney and the conveyancing attorney.