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Who We Are

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.

We care

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

We care

We like to get personal and build relationships of trust with our clients. We invest in our staff and give back to our communities.

Setting the Standard

We set the standard and lead from the front.

Setting the Standard

We set high standards for ourselves and work hard to achieve them and ensure our clients experience top and consistent service throughout the firm.

Expertise

Expertise

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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Bond Registration and Cancellation

Advice and support regarding the registration and cancellation of mortgage bonds, drafting and preparation of securities, engaging with financiers, preparation and lodging of documentation with the Deeds Office, engaging with third parties, obtaining all necessary authorities and approvals, management of the registration or cancellation process.

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Child Rights

Advice, guidance and support in respect of child rights, including protection, maintenance, custody, adoptions, surrogacy, legal representation, mediation, negotiation, investigations, drafting of documentation and agreements, initiation of proceedings and all other matters relating to child rights.

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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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Bond Registration and Cancellation

Advice and support regarding the registration and cancellation of mortgage bonds, drafting and preparation of securities, engaging with financiers, preparation and lodging of documentation with the Deeds Office, engaging with third parties, obtaining all necessary authorities and approvals, management of the registration or cancellation process.
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Child Rights

Advice, guidance and support in respect of child rights, including protection, maintenance, custody, adoptions, surrogacy, legal representation, mediation, negotiation, investigations, drafting of documentation and agreements, initiation of proceedings and all other matters relating to child rights.
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Last Will & Testament Reminder

A single moment could change your life!

Get your will drafted and updated. Contact us for an appointment.
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Last Will & Testament Reminder

A single moment could change your life!

Get your will drafted and updated. Contact us for an appointment.
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Can I install a generator at my sectional unit?

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You have an online store through which you sell products. Although you have taken precautions, the risk of a cyber-attack remains a concern as you hear about more and more businesses that suffer attacks. Apart from the reputational risk which could be massive, you also wonder about legal consequences when you consider the impact of data protection legislation.

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New Director!

We are proud to announce that Mamati Gumbi has been appointed as a new director at DBM Attorneys.

She will undoubtedly take on this exciting new role with the same ardour and absolute commitment to excellence as she has done as an Associate. We congratulate her with her new position and look forward to her contribution to the firm and the litigation department as a young new director.
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New Director!

We are proud to announce that Mamati Gumbi has been appointed as a new director at DBM Attorneys.

She will undoubtedly take on this exciting new role with the same ardour and absolute commitment to excellence as she has done as an Associate. We congratulate her with her new position and look forward to her contribution to the firm and the litigation department as a young new director.
CONTACT US

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