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DBM Attorneys is proudly based in Newcastle and our clients regard us as a firm of excellence. As the largest firm of attorneys in Northern KwaZulu-Natal, we provide our clients with efficient and effective legal solutions with integrity and professionalism.

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We care for our clients, our staff and our community.

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Seeking the right solution, we work as a team.

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We are experts that aim to simplify the complex.

Administration of Estates

Administration of deceased estates, include advice and guidance, executorships, preparation of all documentation for submission to the Master of the High Court, preparation of agreements, management of estate assets and liabilities, and all related aspects to ensure a successful administration of a deceased estate.

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Appeal

Appeal and review support and assistance in all appropriate forums, risk and merit assessment, preparation and lodging of appeal documentation and records, case management, legal representation, briefing of counsel and all related support services.

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Banking and Finance

Banking and finance services, advice and support in relation to credit and finance agreements, transaction structuring, financing agreements, securities and negotiable instruments, shares and debentures, regulatory compliance, opinions, and drafting of related documentation and agreements.

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Administration of Estates

Administration of deceased estates, include advice and guidance, executorships, preparation of all documentation for submission to the Master of the High Court, preparation of agreements, management of estate assets and liabilities, and all related aspects to ensure a successful administration of a deceased estate.
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Appeal

Appeal and review support and assistance in all appropriate forums, risk and merit assessment, preparation and lodging of appeal documentation and records, case management, legal representation, briefing of counsel and all related support services.
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Banking and Finance

Banking and finance services, advice and support in relation to credit and finance agreements, transaction structuring, financing agreements, securities and negotiable instruments, shares and debentures, regulatory compliance, opinions, and drafting of related documentation and agreements.
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Getting married??

An Antenuptial Contract is an important aspect every bride and groom should consider before saying "I do".

Two souls' but a single thought. Two hearts that beat as one. Make your marriage your own. Don't look at other marriages and wish you had something else. Contact us today : 034 328 1322 All inclusive R1,750.00 (special ends on 31 January 2022)
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Getting married??

An Antenuptial Contract is an important aspect every bride and groom should consider before saying "I do".

Two souls' but a single thought. Two hearts that beat as one. Make your marriage your own. Don't look at other marriages and wish you had something else. Contact us today : 034 328 1322 All inclusive R1,750.00 (special ends on 31 January 2022)
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Is arbitration a good option for solving legal disputes?

14 December 2021

Our company has noticed a rise in default by our service providers. In the past we’ve managed to address these with a few stern phone calls and letters, but it looks more and more like we are starting to run into serious issues with service providers struggling because of the economy. We don’t want to necessarily engage in litigation but at the same time, we cannot just let these defaults continue. Is arbitration an option for us at all?

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How should co-executors of a deceased estate act?

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My mother and I have been appointed as co-executors of my late father’s estate. My mother wants to sell our family home, but I don’t want to. She has however gone ahead and signed a sale agreement without my consent. Can she do this and sell the house without my approval?

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Can I use a drone for taking photos?

14 December 2021

I’m a wedding photographer and have started using a drone to add an additional element to my wedding photography. One of my clients however asked whether I’m allowed to fly a drone and take photos as they don’t want to get in trouble if they use me for the wedding. I thought it was ok, but now I’m not sure. Can I use a drone for taking photos and videos?

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What is the chance of being reinstated following a dismissal?

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I recently dismissed an employee that was causing serious conflict in our workplace. I’ll admit that the dismissal was done rather hastily, but we had to get rid of this employee. The employee has taken us to the CCMA, and given that there may be issues with the dismissal, the CCMA may not find in our favour. That’s fine and I’m prepared to pay compensation, we just cannot afford to have this employee back at work. What are the chances that the CCMA may order the reinstatement ...

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Can an unmarried father register a child under his surname?

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I’m the father of a newborn daughter. The mother, to whom I’m not married, disappeared immediately after birth leaving me as sole parent of my daughter. Because I don’t know where the mother is I cannot get the mother’s consent. Without this consent Home Affairs does not want to register my daughter under my surname. I have no idea what to do now. Can you help?

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The when, what and how of estate agent commission

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We’ve put our house in the market and have an estate agent that is helping us sell our property. However, we have also told our friends that we are selling should anyone know of an interested buyer. But what happens if we get a buyer independent from our estate agent? Must we still pay agent’s commission?

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Is a copy of a will valid?

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Both my parents recently passed away in a car accident. My father shortly before his death mentioned to me that they recently had a new joint will drawn up. I’ve searched everywhere for the will and can only locate a copy of the signed will. Even their attorney does not have the original will. Can this copy be accepted as the valid will of my parents?

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How long is a proxy valid for?

14 September 2021

I was recently appointed as a proxy to represent a shareholder at an upcoming shareholders meeting. Unfortunately, the meeting has been rescheduled two months later, and I was wondering if the proxy will still be valid then or would I need to have a new proxy issued by the shareholder for the meeting?

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What are the legal costs involved in buying a property?

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My wife and I are considering buying a house. This is a big decision for us and we want to make sure we are financially prepared for all the costs and expenses involved in doing so. I understand that in addition to the purchase price there may also be additional attorney costs I would need to factor in. Can you explain how this will work and how I can budget for such costs?

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Disclosure of medical records vs the right to privacy

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A client recently fell over boxes standing in the aisle in my store. He is suing me for damages claiming that the head injuries he sustained from the fall resulted in him being fired from work. I’ve heard from another source that he was dismissed because of a history of alcohol and drug abuse and that he has been in and out of rehabilitation. We’ve requested access to his medical and psychological reports, but his attorney refuses claiming medical privilege. Surely, this cannot be ri...

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Can adopted children benefit from a family trust?

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Sometime before his death, my father established a family trust which contained properties that were rented out to generate income for my mother. In accordance with the trust deed however, once my mother dies, the income from the properties would go to the children of my mother and father. I have an adopted brother and 2 biological sisters. There is now a debate as to whether my adopted brother also qualifies to benefit from the family trust. What is the legal position?

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How valid is a marriage contract if not confirmed by court?

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I have been married to my husband for more than 20 years. We were both in our early twenties when we were married according to customary rites as well as civilly out of community of property. Since then my husband has built up a few successful businesses and a few years ago we created our own post-nuptial agreement to confirm that we see ourselves as married in community of property. Unfortunately, we have fallen on troubled times and wish to get divorced. My husband says we are still married ou...

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Is arbitration a good option for solving legal disputes?

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Our company has noticed a rise in default by our service providers. In the past we’ve managed to address these with a few stern phone calls and letters, but it looks more and more like we are starting to run into serious issues with service providers struggling because of the economy. We don’t want to necessarily engage in litigation but at the same time, we cannot just let these defaults continue. Is arbitration an option for us at all?

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42
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How should co-executors of a deceased estate act?

14 December 2021

My mother and I have been appointed as co-executors of my late father’s estate. My mother wants to sell our family home, but I don’t want to. She has however gone ahead and signed a sale agreement without my consent. Can she do this and sell the house without my approval?

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Can I use a drone for taking photos?

14 December 2021

I’m a wedding photographer and have started using a drone to add an additional element to my wedding photography. One of my clients however asked whether I’m allowed to fly a drone and take photos as they don’t want to get in trouble if they use me for the wedding. I thought it was ok, but now I’m not sure. Can I use a drone for taking photos and videos?

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What is the chance of being reinstated following a dismissal?

15 November 2021

I recently dismissed an employee that was causing serious conflict in our workplace. I’ll admit that the dismissal was done rather hastily, but we had to get rid of this employee. The employee has taken us to the CCMA, and given that there may be issues with the dismissal, the CCMA may not find in our favour. That’s fine and I’m prepared to pay compensation, we just cannot afford to have this employee back at work. What are the chances that the CCMA may order the reinstatement ...

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Can an unmarried father register a child under his surname?

15 November 2021

I’m the father of a newborn daughter. The mother, to whom I’m not married, disappeared immediately after birth leaving me as sole parent of my daughter. Because I don’t know where the mother is I cannot get the mother’s consent. Without this consent Home Affairs does not want to register my daughter under my surname. I have no idea what to do now. Can you help?

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The when, what and how of estate agent commission

12 October 2021

We’ve put our house in the market and have an estate agent that is helping us sell our property. However, we have also told our friends that we are selling should anyone know of an interested buyer. But what happens if we get a buyer independent from our estate agent? Must we still pay agent’s commission?

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Is a copy of a will valid?

12 October 2021

Both my parents recently passed away in a car accident. My father shortly before his death mentioned to me that they recently had a new joint will drawn up. I’ve searched everywhere for the will and can only locate a copy of the signed will. Even their attorney does not have the original will. Can this copy be accepted as the valid will of my parents?

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How long is a proxy valid for?

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I was recently appointed as a proxy to represent a shareholder at an upcoming shareholders meeting. Unfortunately, the meeting has been rescheduled two months later, and I was wondering if the proxy will still be valid then or would I need to have a new proxy issued by the shareholder for the meeting?

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What are the legal costs involved in buying a property?

10 August 2021

My wife and I are considering buying a house. This is a big decision for us and we want to make sure we are financially prepared for all the costs and expenses involved in doing so. I understand that in addition to the purchase price there may also be additional attorney costs I would need to factor in. Can you explain how this will work and how I can budget for such costs?

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Disclosure of medical records vs the right to privacy

14 June 2021

A client recently fell over boxes standing in the aisle in my store. He is suing me for damages claiming that the head injuries he sustained from the fall resulted in him being fired from work. I’ve heard from another source that he was dismissed because of a history of alcohol and drug abuse and that he has been in and out of rehabilitation. We’ve requested access to his medical and psychological reports, but his attorney refuses claiming medical privilege. Surely, this cannot be ri...

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Can adopted children benefit from a family trust?

14 June 2021

Sometime before his death, my father established a family trust which contained properties that were rented out to generate income for my mother. In accordance with the trust deed however, once my mother dies, the income from the properties would go to the children of my mother and father. I have an adopted brother and 2 biological sisters. There is now a debate as to whether my adopted brother also qualifies to benefit from the family trust. What is the legal position?

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How valid is a marriage contract if not confirmed by court?

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I have been married to my husband for more than 20 years. We were both in our early twenties when we were married according to customary rites as well as civilly out of community of property. Since then my husband has built up a few successful businesses and a few years ago we created our own post-nuptial agreement to confirm that we see ourselves as married in community of property. Unfortunately, we have fallen on troubled times and wish to get divorced. My husband says we are still married ou...

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DBM Attorneys in association with OOBA - Seminar for Estate Agents

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