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Welcome to Ashersons Attorneys

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Proud to be part of a 100 year old firm
Ashersons was established in 1920 by Raphael Asherson. Since then, Ashersons has grown into a full service boutique legal practice. All of our professional team commenced articles at the firm. Our faithful receptionist, Fatima, has been at the firm for over 40 years and Golda, our conveyancing specialist who has since retired, worked at the firm for just less than 50 years!
Passionate about the law
In the same way that our bookkeepers are passionate about bookkeeping, our receptionist is passionate about communicating with people, and our tea lady is passionate about tea - all of our staff (professional and our amazing support team) are passionate about the law and about providing the best legal service possible to clients.
More than happy to go the extra mile
Going the extra mile is defined as doing more without being asked. We believe that going the extra mile for clients is important and sets us apart from the average law firm. We understand that people who are happy in their career are not only more productive, but they are more likely to go the extra mile - even when it is not asked or expected of them.
Aware that time is money and people are cost sensitive
According to the old proverb, “time is a valuable resource, therefore it's better to do things as quickly as possible.” We believe that being able to deliver a quality product at a reasonable fee is of utmost importance in ensuring a long-term relationship with clients. Doing something properly the first time saves not only time, but also money and patience.

Recent articles by our team

New Ruling on Divorce Assets: How Does it Affect You?
New Ruling on Divorce Assets: How Does it Affect You?
June 8, 2022
You may have read of the recent High Court decision in GKR v Minister of Home Affairs and Others, Gauteng Division (Pretoria) Case No: 40023/21 declaring a section of the Divorce Act invalid. To understand the importance of this new ruling for many couples about to divorce (and for all couples about to marry), let’s start at the beginning - A recap - your 3 choices of “marital regime” on marri...
Landlords: Zoning Law Contravention Could Invalidate Your Lease
Landlords: Zoning Law Contravention Could Invalidate Your Lease
June 8, 2022
Here’s yet another warning from our courts of the importance of complying with your local municipal zoning laws, whether you buy property to live in, as a capital investment, or to let out. One risk for a landlord is finding yourself with an invalid lease and no claim against your tenant. A recent High Court decision in Swart v Bergh N.O and Others (A79/2020) [2022] ZAFSHC 64 (25 March 2022) il...
What Can You Do When Someone Close to You Has No Control Over Their Spending?
What Can You Do When Someone Close to You Has No Control Over Their Spending?
April 4, 2022
What can you do when someone you know (often but not always an elderly relative and/or someone with a gambling, drug or drink problem) starts squandering their money and property irresponsibly and recklessly? Note that we are talking here not about a mentally ill person but about someone “of sound mind but unsound habits”. The good news is that you don’t have to look on helplessly while they sp...
Exemption Clauses and Thieving Employees: Can You Sue (or Be Sued)?
Exemption Clauses and Thieving Employees: Can You Sue (or Be Sued)?
April 4, 2022
Employee theft has been a headache for employers from the dawn of history, and no business should ignore the dangers it poses, particularly if your business handles third-party high value goods. Your chances of being sued if one of your employees steals a customer’s asset/s are high, the reason being of course the concept of “vicarious liability” – the legal rule that can make you generally liable...
Don’t Accidentally Disqualify Your Chosen Heirs from Inheriting!
Don’t Accidentally Disqualify Your Chosen Heirs from Inheriting!
April 4, 2022
Your will (“Last Will and Testament”) will always be the keystone of your estate planning, and a recent High Court decision sounds yet another warning to beware the “do your own will” concept. By not having his will drawn by a professional, a father inadvertently caused one of his children to be disqualified from inheriting her intended share, whilst her husband was disqualified from being appoint...
Property Owner and Body Corporate Liable After Child’s Electrocution?
Property Owner and Body Corporate Liable After Child’s Electrocution?
April 4, 2022
A recent High Court decision saw both a sectional title unit owner and his cupboard contractor held liable for damages suffered by an 11-year-old boy electrocuted by a communal tap. The complex’s body corporate and an electrician were also sued but escaped liability. The reasons given by the Court for these contrasting outcomes provide valuable lessons for property owners, contractors, and bodi...
Debtor Not Paying? Consider a Liquidation Application
Debtor Not Paying? Consider a Liquidation Application
March 1, 2022
Bad debt is a major issue for many businesses in these hard economic times – not taking robust steps to collect it could be fatal to your own financial position. So if you are being given the run-around by a recalcitrant corporate debtor, take advice on whether an appropriate and cost-effective remedy for you might be an application for the company’s liquidation (“winding-up”). Cynical misus...
Fired For Moonlighting
Fired For Moonlighting
March 1, 2022
“Moonlighting” is the practice of employees boosting their monthly income with a “side-job” or “side-business”. It has been a feature of working relationships since the dawn of history, but now the pandemic lockdowns and the shift to the “gig economy” (where independent contractors and freelancers are paid for short-term assignments) have seen dramatic increases in the number of employees forced t...
3 Steps to Buying Your First House
3 Steps to Buying Your First House
March 1, 2022
Few things in life can compare to the joy of finally crossing the threshold of your first home. If you are like most of us, you have been dreaming of this day for years and years – it has finally arrived! The financial bonus of course is that you have probably just made one of the most important investment decisions you will ever make. Here are some guidelines to help you make a wise decisio...