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Property Law and Conveyancing

Introduction

Haycock Attorneys, renowned for our Property Law Department, is recognised for our consistent delivery of incisive and practical legal expertise to both corporate and private clients.

At Haycock Attorneys, we understand the intricacies of property law and the importance of a seamless conveyancing process. Whether you are buying, selling, or dealing with property-related legal matters, our dedicated team of experienced attorneys is here to provide you with comprehensive and reliable legal services in the field of property law and conveyancing.

Areas of expertise

Property Transfers:

Our skilled conveyancing attorneys handle all aspects of property transfers, ensuring a smooth and efficient process. We assist both buyers and sellers, guiding them through the necessary legal steps, conducting due diligence, preparing and reviewing agreements, and facilitating the transfer of ownership with meticulous attention to detail.

Bond Registrations and Cancellations:

If you are obtaining a mortgage bond for a property purchase or looking to cancel an existing bond, our attorneys have the expertise to navigate the complexities of bond registration and cancellation processes. We work closely with financial institutions, ensuring that all legal requirements are met accurately and efficiently.

Property Disputes:

Should a property dispute arise, our knowledgeable attorneys will provide sound legal advice and representation. We handle disputes related to boundaries, easements, servitudes, title deeds, land use, and more. Our goal is to protect your rights and interests while seeking favorable resolutions through negotiation, mediation, or litigation when necessary.

Lease Agreements:

Whether you are a landlord or a tenant, we assist in drafting, reviewing, and negotiating lease agreements that protect your rights and ensure a fair and equitable relationship between parties. Our attorneys are well-versed in the relevant legislation and can provide guidance on lease terms, rights and obligations, rental increases, and dispute resolution mechanisms.

Property Development:

If you are involved in property development projects, our attorneys can provide comprehensive legal support throughout the process. We assist with land acquisitions, zoning and planning approvals, drafting and negotiating development agreements, compliance with regulations, and resolving any legal challenges that may arise during the development phase.

Property Transfers:

Our skilled conveyancing attorneys handle all aspects of property transfers, ensuring a smooth and efficient process. We assist both buyers and sellers, guiding them through the necessary legal steps, conducting due diligence, preparing and reviewing agreements, and facilitating the transfer of ownership with meticulous attention to detail.

Services we offer
  • Purchase and Sale Agreements
  • Residential Property Transfers
  • Commercial Property Transfers
  • Agricultural Property Transfers
  • Industrial Property Transfers
  • Township Establishment
  • Tax advice on property related issues such as Value Added Tax, Transfer Duty and Capital Gains Tax
  • Extension, Consolidation and Sub-Division of Sectional Title Units and Schemes
  • Option Agreements
  • Development Agreements
  • Sectional Title Arbitrations
  • Lease Agreements
  • Registration of Notarial Bonds
  • Registration of Mortgage Bonds
  • Antenuptial Agreements
  • Cohabitation Agreements
HAYCOCK PROPERTY LAW AND CONVEYANCING

Family Law

Introduction

Haycock Attorneys understands the sensitive and complex nature of family law matters. Our dedicated team of experienced family law attorneys is committed to providing compassionate and effective legal services to clients in George, Garden Route, Western Cape, and beyond. Whether you are facing a divorce, seeking child custody arrangements, or need assistance with adoption, we are here to guide you through the legal process and protect your rights and interests.

Areas of expertise

Divorce and Separation:

We provide comprehensive legal support for divorce and separation cases. Our attorneys understand the emotional challenges involved and strive to minimize conflict while ensuring that your rights are protected. We handle various aspects of divorce, including property division, spousal support, child custody, and visitation arrangements.

Child Custody and Visitation:

Our experienced family law attorneys prioritize the best interests of the child when addressing child custody and visitation matters. We assist in establishing custody arrangements, visitation schedules, and parental rights, aiming to create a stable and nurturing environment for the children involved.

Child and Spousal Support:

If you require guidance in determining child support or spousal support, our attorneys can help you navigate the legal framework and ensure a fair resolution. We assess the relevant factors, such as income, expenses, and the needs of the child or spouse, to advocate for an equitable support arrangement.

Adoption:

Our team provides comprehensive legal assistance for individuals and families seeking to expand their families through adoption. We handle the necessary legal processes, including the termination of parental rights, home studies, and the finalization of adoptions, ensuring compliance with the applicable laws and regulations.

Domestic Violence and Protection Orders:

If you are facing domestic violence or seeking protection from an abusive relationship, our attorneys offer compassionate and effective legal representation. We help clients obtain protection orders, ensuring their safety and the safety of their loved ones. We work diligently to secure the necessary legal protections and provide support throughout the process.

Services we offer
  • Children’s best interests, relocation, abduction, alternative families, parenting plans, parental rights and responsibilities, guardianship.
  • Marriage, separation and divorce, Muslim and Hindu marriages, traditional marriages, marriages across borders.
  • Matrimonial property law – proprietary and financial claims, Trusts, companies, close corporations, trustbusting structures in divorce proceedings.
  • Child and Spousal Support
  • Domestic Violence and Protection Orders
  • Antenuptial contracts
  • Mediation
  • General family law advice
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ESTATE PLANNING AND DECEASED ESTATES

Introduction

Haycock Attorneys understands the importance of proper estate planning and the peace of mind it brings to individuals and families. Our dedicated team of experienced attorneys specialises in wills and estate planning, providing comprehensive legal services to clients in George, Garden Route, Western Cape, and beyond. Whether you need assistance with drafting a will, establishing trusts, or navigating the complexities of estate administration, we are here to guide you through the process and help you protect your assets and legacy.

Areas of expertise

Wills Drafting and Review:

We assist clients in drafting clear and legally sound wills that reflect their wishes and intentions. Our attorneys take the time to understand your specific circumstances and concerns, ensuring that your assets are distributed according to your wishes. We also provide will review services, ensuring that existing wills remain up to date and aligned with your current situation.

Trusts:

Trusts can be valuable estate planning tools for asset protection, tax planning, and providing for loved ones. Our attorneys advise on the establishment and management of various types of trusts, such as living trusts, testamentary trusts, and special needs trusts. We work closely with you to develop a trust strategy that meets your specific goals and safeguards your assets.

Estate Planning Strategies:

We provide strategic guidance and advice on estate planning matters, taking into account your unique circumstances and objectives. Our attorneys assist in developing personalized estate plans, including strategies to minimize estate taxes, protect assets, and ensure the smooth transfer of wealth to future generations.

Estate Administration:

After the passing of a loved one, our compassionate attorneys provide guidance and support in estate administration. We assist executors and administrators in fulfilling their fiduciary duties, including asset valuation, debt settlement, distribution of assets, and resolution of any disputes that may arise during the probate process.

Estate Disputes and Litigation:

In the event of estate disputes or contested wills, our experienced attorneys provide strong advocacy and representation. We handle disputes related to inheritance, will contests, claims against the estate, and other estate litigation matters. Our goal is to protect your interests and seek fair resolutions through negotiation or, when necessary, assertive litigation.

Services we offer
  • Drafting of Wills
  • Estate planning
  • Administration of deceased estates
  • Creation and administration of trusts
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LITIGATION

Introduction

Haycock Attorneys is your trusted legal partner when it comes to civil law matters and litigation. Our dedicated team of experienced attorneys specialises in civil law, offering comprehensive legal services to clients in George, Garden Route, Western Cape, and beyond. Whether you are facing a contractual dispute, seeking compensation for personal injury, or need assistance with debt collection, we are here to provide effective legal representation and guide you through the complexities of civil litigation.

Areas of expertise

Contractual Disputes:

Our skilled civil litigation attorneys handle a wide range of contractual disputes, including breach of contract, non-performance, interpretation, and enforcement of contractual terms. We strive to protect your rights and interests, aiming for swift and favorable resolutions through negotiation or, if necessary, assertive litigation.

Personal Injury Claims:

If you have suffered injuries due to someone else's negligence or misconduct, our attorneys are ready to fight for your rights and pursue fair compensation. We handle personal injury claims resulting from accidents, medical malpractice, product liability, premises liability, and more. Our goal is to help you recover damages for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other related losses.

Debt Collection:

Our experienced team assists individuals and businesses in debt collection matters. We understand the financial impact of unpaid debts and work diligently to recover what is rightfully owed to you. We employ effective strategies, including negotiation, mediation, and, when necessary, litigation, to pursue debt collection on your behalf.

Landlord-Tenant Disputes:

If you are involved in a landlord-tenant dispute, our attorneys can provide guidance and representation. We handle issues such as lease violations, eviction proceedings, property damage disputes, security deposit disputes, and more. Our objective is to protect your rights as a landlord or tenant and resolve the dispute in a fair and satisfactory manner.

Defamation Claims:

If you have been the victim of defamation, whether it be slander or libel, our attorneys can help you seek legal recourse. We will assess the circumstances, gather evidence, and pursue the appropriate legal actions to protect your reputation and seek compensation for the harm caused.

Services we offer
  • Litigation (High Court and Magistrate’s Court)
  • Administrative and Public Law
  • Constitutional Law
  • Insurance Law
  • Building, Construction, Architectural and Engineering Sector
  • Law of Contract
  • Law of Delict
  • Law of Succession and Estates
  • Personal Injury Litigation and Road Accident Fund Claims
  • Medical Negligence Claims
  • Property Law
  • Media Law
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TRUSTS

Introduction

Haycock Attorneys specialises in providing comprehensive trust registration services to individuals, families, and businesses. Our experienced team of attorneys understands the intricacies of trust law and the importance of establishing a well-structured and legally sound trust. Whether you need assistance with the registration of a new trust or the administration of an existing trust, we are here to guide you through the process and help you protect and manage your assets effectively.

Areas of expertise

Trust Formation:

We assist clients in establishing trusts tailored to their specific needs and objectives. Our attorneys provide guidance on selecting the appropriate type of trust, such as revocable or irrevocable trusts, discretionary trusts, or charitable trusts. We draft comprehensive trust deeds, ensuring compliance with relevant laws and regulations.

Trust Registration:

Our team handles all aspects of trust registration, including preparing the necessary documentation and submitting it to the relevant authorities. We ensure that your trust is registered correctly and efficiently, providing you with the legal framework necessary for effective trust management.

Trust Administration:

We provide ongoing trust administration services, supporting trustees in fulfilling their fiduciary duties. Our attorneys offer guidance on trust accounting, record-keeping, compliance with legal obligations, and distribution of trust assets. We work closely with trustees to ensure that the trust operates in accordance with its terms and objectives.

Trustee Support and Advice:

Our team offers expert advice and support to trustees, helping them navigate complex trust matters. We provide guidance on trust investments, tax implications, trustee powers and responsibilities, and the interpretation of trust documents. Our attorneys are committed to ensuring that trustees have the knowledge and resources necessary to make informed decisions.

Trust Disputes and Litigation:

In the event of trust disputes or conflicts, our experienced attorneys provide strong advocacy and representation. We handle disputes related to trust administration, breach of fiduciary duties, interpretation of trust terms, and beneficiary claims. Our goal is to protect your interests and seek fair resolutions through negotiation or, when necessary, assertive litigation.

Services we offer
  • Trust formation
  • Trust Registration
  • Trust Administration
  • Trust advice
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CORPORATE AND COMMERCIAL LAW

Introduction

At Haycock Attorneys, we understand the complexities and challenges faced by businesses in the ever-evolving corporate and commercial landscape. Our team of experienced attorneys specializes in corporate and commercial law, providing comprehensive legal services to businesses of all sizes in George, Garden Route, Western Cape, and beyond. We are committed to helping our clients navigate the legal intricacies of running a successful business and providing practical solutions tailored to their specific needs.

Areas of expertise

Business Formation and Structuring:

We assist clients in selecting the appropriate legal entity for their business, whether it be a sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation, or limited liability company. Our attorneys guide entrepreneurs through the process of business formation, ensuring compliance with legal requirements and helping structure their businesses for success.

Contract Drafting and Review:

Our team drafts and reviews a wide range of business contracts, including partnership agreements, shareholder agreements, employment contracts, vendor agreements, and more. We focus on protecting our clients' interests, minimizing risks, and ensuring that contracts accurately reflect their intentions.

Trust Administration: Mergers and Acquisitions:

We provide legal support throughout the entire merger and acquisition process. Our attorneys assist in due diligence investigations, negotiating and drafting transaction documents, and ensuring compliance with regulatory requirements. We strive to facilitate smooth and successful business transactions for our clients.

Corporate Governance and Guidance:

We advise clients on corporate governance matters, helping them establish robust internal policies and procedures, comply with applicable laws and regulations, and navigate corporate compliance issues. Our goal is to ensure that businesses operate ethically, transparently, and in accordance with legal requirements.

Commercial Litigation:

In the event of commercial disputes, our experienced attorneys provide strong advocacy and representation. We handle a wide range of commercial litigation matters, including contract disputes, shareholder disputes, breach of fiduciary duty claims, and more. Our focus is on protecting our clients' interests and achieving favorable resolutions.

Services we offer
  • Drafting legal documents
  • Company Registrations
  • Shareholder Agreements
  • Trust Registration
  • Overseeing negotiations
  • Identifying potential legal concerns
  • Acting as a business’ legal representation
  • Compliance due diligence
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