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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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Featured Articles

When two become one, there are tax benefits

15 July 2022

When dealing with mergers and acquisitions, the one question that always arises is what tax relief, if any, exists for companies that are contemplating a merger?

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Moonlighting can be bad for your employment ‘health’

15 July 2022

Quite often new entrepreneurs start off exploring other sideline businesses while still in the employ of their current employer. Take the example of a textile worker that starts to set up her own clothing business on the side by making clothes after hours. Is this allowed or could her employer fire her for this even if it does not affect her work responsibilities?

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Double insurance – stroke of genius or waste of money?

15 July 2022

We all know that insurance is there to provide relief from an uncertain event that could arise and cause damage to your property. But, can you insure for example your car with two insurers and should your car be written off in an accident claim for and receive double compensation from two insurers for the same accident? You have after all paid them both the required insurance premiums.

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36
Article

What to do if the suspensive condition is not going to be met?

15 July 2022

A typical situation encountered in a property transaction: The deed of sale has been signed, the intended buyer is applying for a loan but paperwork and delays at the bank slow things down. Suddenly the transferring attorney lets the buyer know that they only have a few days left to satisfy the suspensive condition in the deed of sale. What does all of this mean and what happens if the loan is given, but it’s a day late?

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31
Article

Constitutional Court confirms Department had no duty of care for faulty swing

14 June 2022

In a saga that has traversed the Western Cape High Court, Supreme Court of Appeal and eventually the Constitutional Court, the Constitutional Court has now finally confirmed the position of Government in respect of its responsibility for the safety of Early Childhood Development (ECD) centres.

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70
Article

New guidelines set for surrogacy

14 June 2022

Acting as a surrogate is a selfless and generous act towards parents who cannot conceive their own child. But what about existing children of a surrogate mother and the impact surrogacy may have on them? Should this not also be considered?

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69
Article

B-BBEE in state tenders done?

14 June 2022

With all the media attention around the Supreme Court of Appeal’s ‘scrapping’ of the regulations around preferential procurement at the end of 2020, and recent media statements by the Democratic Alliance that they wish to have B-BBEE removed as criteria from government tendering, one can be excused for being uncertain what role B-BBEE will continue to play in state tendering.

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Article

Can I install a generator at my sectional unit?

14 June 2022

With the troubles of load shedding exacerbating the difficulty for many to work from home, many sectional owners are considering the option of a generator to keep things going through load shedding. But can you just install a generator in your unit, or do you need permission to do so?

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66
Article

Can a body corporate accept less than full outstanding levies?

19 May 2022

The recent Covid-pandemic has affected many people financially and body corporates are also regularly confronted with owners that fall behind in their levies and receive requests for reduced payments. But, can a body corporate just accommodate such requests and settle for a lower amount or write off arrear levies?

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70
Article

Remission of rent and sub-lessees

19 May 2022

The Covid-pandemic caused a major disruption to many commercial rental properties, with lessees claiming remission of rent because of their inability to use and enjoy the rental properties. Although subject to many factors, it is common cause that lessees have been able to claim remission of rent due to Covid-19. But what is the position when it comes to a sub-lessee? Can a lessee claim for remission of rent if the sub-lessee was deprived of occupation?

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79
Article

Can the proceeds of a sale of property be used to settle arrear maintenance?

19 May 2022

Maintenance is an emotive issue for many South Africans. On the one hand there is the need of the primary caregiver for the financial assistance maintenance provides, and on the other the financial issues of the spouse required to pay maintenance. So how far does the obligation to pay maintenance stretch and can a spouse even lay claim to the proceeds of a sale of property to settle arrear maintenance?

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245
Article

Clarity on what you can claim for from the Road Accident Fund

13 April 2022

Quite a few long-weekends are coming up and with thousands of South Africans heading out on our roads during this period, the worry about the large number of accidents on our roads is again top of mind. It also raises a quite common question of what can you claim from the RAF if you or a family member were injured or died as a result of a car accident on our roads.

Show more
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100
Article

When two become one, there are tax benefits

15 July 2022

When dealing with mergers and acquisitions, the one question that always arises is what tax relief, if any, exists for companies that are contemplating a merger?

Show more
READ MORE
37
Article

Moonlighting can be bad for your employment ‘health’

15 July 2022

Quite often new entrepreneurs start off exploring other sideline businesses while still in the employ of their current employer. Take the example of a textile worker that starts to set up her own clothing business on the side by making clothes after hours. Is this allowed or could her employer fire her for this even if it does not affect her work responsibilities?

Show more
READ MORE
34
Article

Double insurance – stroke of genius or waste of money?

15 July 2022

We all know that insurance is there to provide relief from an uncertain event that could arise and cause damage to your property. But, can you insure for example your car with two insurers and should your car be written off in an accident claim for and receive double compensation from two insurers for the same accident? You have after all paid them both the required insurance premiums.

Show more
READ MORE
36
Article

What to do if the suspensive condition is not going to be met?

15 July 2022

A typical situation encountered in a property transaction: The deed of sale has been signed, the intended buyer is applying for a loan but paperwork and delays at the bank slow things down. Suddenly the transferring attorney lets the buyer know that they only have a few days left to satisfy the suspensive condition in the deed of sale. What does all of this mean and what happens if the loan is given, but it’s a day late?

Show more
READ MORE
31
Article

Constitutional Court confirms Department had no duty of care for faulty swing

14 June 2022

In a saga that has traversed the Western Cape High Court, Supreme Court of Appeal and eventually the Constitutional Court, the Constitutional Court has now finally confirmed the position of Government in respect of its responsibility for the safety of Early Childhood Development (ECD) centres.

Show more
READ MORE
70
Article

New guidelines set for surrogacy

14 June 2022

Acting as a surrogate is a selfless and generous act towards parents who cannot conceive their own child. But what about existing children of a surrogate mother and the impact surrogacy may have on them? Should this not also be considered?

Show more
READ MORE
69
Article

B-BBEE in state tenders done?

14 June 2022

With all the media attention around the Supreme Court of Appeal’s ‘scrapping’ of the regulations around preferential procurement at the end of 2020, and recent media statements by the Democratic Alliance that they wish to have B-BBEE removed as criteria from government tendering, one can be excused for being uncertain what role B-BBEE will continue to play in state tendering.

Show more
READ MORE
60
Article

Can I install a generator at my sectional unit?

14 June 2022

With the troubles of load shedding exacerbating the difficulty for many to work from home, many sectional owners are considering the option of a generator to keep things going through load shedding. But can you just install a generator in your unit, or do you need permission to do so?

Show more
READ MORE
66
Article

Can a body corporate accept less than full outstanding levies?

19 May 2022

The recent Covid-pandemic has affected many people financially and body corporates are also regularly confronted with owners that fall behind in their levies and receive requests for reduced payments. But, can a body corporate just accommodate such requests and settle for a lower amount or write off arrear levies?

Show more
READ MORE
70
Article

Remission of rent and sub-lessees

19 May 2022

The Covid-pandemic caused a major disruption to many commercial rental properties, with lessees claiming remission of rent because of their inability to use and enjoy the rental properties. Although subject to many factors, it is common cause that lessees have been able to claim remission of rent due to Covid-19. But what is the position when it comes to a sub-lessee? Can a lessee claim for remission of rent if the sub-lessee was deprived of occupation?

Show more
READ MORE
79
Article

Can the proceeds of a sale of property be used to settle arrear maintenance?

19 May 2022

Maintenance is an emotive issue for many South Africans. On the one hand there is the need of the primary caregiver for the financial assistance maintenance provides, and on the other the financial issues of the spouse required to pay maintenance. So how far does the obligation to pay maintenance stretch and can a spouse even lay claim to the proceeds of a sale of property to settle arrear maintenance?

Show more
READ MORE
245
Article

Clarity on what you can claim for from the Road Accident Fund

13 April 2022

Quite a few long-weekends are coming up and with thousands of South Africans heading out on our roads during this period, the worry about the large number of accidents on our roads is again top of mind. It also raises a quite common question of what can you claim from the RAF if you or a family member were injured or died as a result of a car accident on our roads.

Show more
READ MORE
100
Article

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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