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Mame Amoateng


Mame, a Senior Associate, joined Ashersons in 2014.

She matriculated from Rustenburg Girls’ High School in 2009 graduated with an LLB from University of Cape Town in 2013.

She holds a Master of Laws Degree in International Litigation and Arbitration from the Pennsylvania State University and has in depth knowledge of the UN Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG) and the UNCITRAL Model Laws on International Commercial Arbitration.

She was admitted as an attorney in March 2017.

Mame has experience in civil litigation, commercial arbitration, drafting of commercial agreements, rental housing and related disputes, family law, domestic violence and harassment protection orders.


Recent Articles by Mame Amoateng
Who Gets the House on Divorce? 1 April 2021 - Historically 44% of South African marriages have ended in divorce, and there has reportedly been a 20% surge in new divorce applications since lockdown. For those unfortunate couples whose marriages do eventually fall apart, often the most important asset in play from both a financial and an emotional perspective is the family home. So it […]
Be Prepared for The Cost of Dying 3 February 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 […]
Life Partners – You Still Need a Will and a Cohabitation Agreement! 14 January 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 […]
Grandparents – When Must You Pay Maintenance? 2 December 2020 - One wonders how many grandparents are aware of (let alone plan for) the possibility that they may have a legal duty to support their grandchildren in certain circumstances. It could be a heavy blow – trying to navigate one’s retirement financially can be hard enough without suddenly having to maintain not only yourself and your […]
Collecting Maintenance in Hard Times – Threaten Jail Time 3 November 2020 - Getting money out of serial maintenance defaulters is a notoriously difficult exercise, but even the most recalcitrant and cunning dodger will baulk at the prospect of being locked up for contempt of court. And our courts, mindful of their position as “upper guardian” to all children, have shown again and again that they will have […]
Customary marriages and the need for an Antenuptial Contract 16 September 2020 - In South Africa customary law marriages are governed by customary law, namely the Recognition of Customary Marriages Act and the Matrimonial Property Act. The default position If a couple have attended a customary marriage ceremony and met all the legal requirements, the parties will be automatically deemed to be married in community of property.  The formalities which […]
Divorce in a Time of Lockdown – What Grounds Can You Rely On? 8 May 2020 - The National Lockdown has thrown together many couples not used to spending “24/7” time in each other’s company. Relationships will have strengthened for many couples, but others will be struggling. The fears, anxieties and money worries now looming over us all certainly won’t haven’t helped. If your marriage is one of those unfortunate ones that […]
Beware the “Common Law Marriage” Myth 1 April 2020 - If you live as a couple, avoid the trap of believing the myth of the “common law marriage”. It’s a very persistent myth, possibly because some other countries do indeed give formal recognition to certain forms of life partnership. But not in South Africa – there is no such thing in our law as a […]
Do You Need a Will? 30 August 2018 - We all die, and we all know that it is up to us to ensure the happiness and well-being and protection of our loved ones long after we are gone. But it’s not easy to contemplate our own mortality, nor is it easy to find the time in our busy schedules to attend to even the basics of doing so.
We’ll draft a will for you for free during Wills Week 2 August 2018 - Ashersons Attorneys is proud to announce that we are taking part in the Law Society of South Africa’s National Wills Week which is held annually from 17 to 21 September 2018. Why must you have a will? By making a will you ensure that your assets are disposed of in accordance with your wishes after […]
Life Partners: Beware the “Common Law Marriage” Myth! 30 May 2018 - As more and more South Africans opt to live together without formally marrying (or entering into a civil union or recognised customary marriage), the need to bust the myth of the “common law marriage” becomes more acute.
Will your antenuptial contract protect trust assets on divorce? 1 June 2017 - A recent Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) decision (M v M (332/2015) [2016] ZASCA 5) illustrates once again how essential it is, before getting married, to have your lawyer structure your antenuptial contract (ANC) correctly, and with as much detail as is needed for certainty. A multi-million Rand fight over trust assets A divorcing couple had married […]
Divorce Maintenance: Can You Contract Out of It? 1 October 2016 - Generally, our laws hold us to the agreements we make with each other, but there are limits.  A recent High Court judgment (W v H (25394/2010) [2016] ZAWCHC 97), dealing with a bitterly-fought divorce dispute, illustrates. A Senior Advocate, having been through in his words a “very, very, very costly” divorce once, and having in […]
Beware: Ownership does not necessarily make you the “King of the Castle” 10 December 2015 - On the 26 November 2015, the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) delivered judgment in the case of A Hendricks v M Hendricks & others 2015 ZASCA 165 [PDF] holding that an owner who occupies property without the consent of the holder of a right of habitation in respect of that property is an unlawful occupier under […]
Redflag provisions in the South African Arbitration Act may hinder swift and efficient arbitrations 19 October 2015 - In recent years there has been increased reliance on use of arbitration to resolve commercial disputes. The hallmark of arbitration is that it enables the parties to a dispute to determine the manner in which the parties will attempt to resolve the dispute, including the rules and duration. In South Africa arbitration is particularly attractive […]