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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

Landlords: Can You Cut Electricity to Collect Arrears or Evict?
Landlords: Can You Cut Electricity to Collect Arrears or Evict?
March 2, 2021
Landlords can be sorely tempted to force defaulting tenants to settle their arrears (or to vacate the premises altogether) with a bit of instant “self-help” by cutting electricity or water supplies, or perhaps by changing locks or disabling access codes. From the High Court comes another timely warning that you cannot resort to self-help without risking an immediate and costly “spoliation order...
Can Employees Resign to Dodge Disciplinary Hearings?
Can Employees Resign to Dodge Disciplinary Hearings?
March 2, 2021
It’s an age-old workplace dodge - threatened with a disciplinary hearing and fearing a guilty verdict, an employee resigns with immediate effect and walks out the door with a defiant “Well that’s it, you just lost your right to discipline me. See you around, loser”. No longer! Our courts have dealt with this issue often in the past in various guises and with conflicting outcomes. Fortunately, a...
Buying and Selling Property: Nine Important Questions
Buying and Selling Property: Nine Important Questions
March 2, 2021
When you buy or sell your “Home Sweet Home”, particularly for the first time, the process can seem complicated, the terminology confusing, and the risks of making a costly mistake intimidating. You are after all dealing with quite possibly your most important asset! To help you navigate the process, as either seller or buyer, here are some common questions, with answers. Where can I get a simp...
Suing a Debtor – Make Sure Your Victory Isn’t a Hollow One
Suing a Debtor – Make Sure Your Victory Isn’t a Hollow One
February 3, 2021
With our economic woes unlikely to abate any time soon, expect an increasing number of your debtors to find themselves in financial difficulty. If you end up litigating against any of them the last thing you will want to do is to throw good money after bad. And whilst fighting a court case and winning against a recalcitrant debtor is all very well, it’s a hollow victory if by the time you come ...
Be Prepared for The Cost of Dying
Be Prepared for The Cost of Dying
February 3, 2021
No one wants to contemplate their own passing, but the reality is that sooner or later it is inevitable, and particularly in these dangerous times we need always to be prepared. The loss of a loved one is always distressing. It can however be compounded by the challenge of dealing with their assets. Few people appreciate all the costs involved in settling an estate. Understanding these expen...
Buying a Property: Check the Seller’s Marital Status!
Buying a Property: Check the Seller’s Marital Status!
February 3, 2021
If you are taking advantage of our current low interest rates and reduced selling prices to buy a property, make sure that you establish the seller’s marital status with something more than what the seller tells you. Your risk comes in if the seller is married in community of property. That’s because, whilst our law generally allows spouses in such a marriage to “perform any juristic act with r...
Arrest and a Criminal Record for Not Wearing a Mask
Arrest and a Criminal Record for Not Wearing a Mask
February 3, 2021
We all know that wearing a face mask is the right and the safe thing to do, but it is also a legal requirement – and it’s one that you really don’t want to breach. Firstly, can you be arrested for not wearing a mask? The short answer is yes, the amended Disaster Management Act Regulations providing that – Everyone (except children under six) must always wear a face mask (covering nose as we...
Life Partners – You Still Need a Will and a Cohabitation Agreement!
Life Partners – You Still Need a Will and a Cohabitation Agreement!
January 14, 2021
A recent High Court decision in Bwanya v Master of the High Court, Cape Town and Others (20357/18) [2020] ZAWCHC 111 (28 September 2020) has been widely viewed as an important victory for the rights of unmarried opposite-sex life partners. Until now, if one such partner died intestate (without making a will), the other could not inherit on the same basis as could a married spouse. Nor could the su...
Don’t Fall Victim to a Ponzi Scheme in 2021!
Don’t Fall Victim to a Ponzi Scheme in 2021!
January 14, 2021
2021 could well be a bumper year for Ponzi schemes (and their equally evil cousins, pyramid schemes). They flourish in all countries and at all times, but with our pandemic-related economic woes and general disruption we will no doubt provide the scamsters with particularly fertile ground this year. And these schemes just never go away. As soon as one collapses or is shut down, it is immediatel...