Our Services

Property Transfers / Conveyancing

Whether it’s your first home or a commercial office building, buying real estate is always an
expensive investment, which could make it a stressful process, particularly if you are
purchasing a fixed property for the first time. Many laypeople have no idea about property
transfer costs, requirements, regulations, etc. So, if you are currently in the process of
acquiring real estate, utilising the services and expertise of reputable conveyancing
attorneys, such as the team at EGA, will be invaluable.
Property law is a core area of our practice and encompasses a full range of conveyancing
services for individuals and commercial clients, including deceased estate property transfers,
transfers in terms of the Alienation of Land Act, subdivision and consolidation of properties,
dealing with restrictive title conditions and servitudes, structuring of assets, due diligence for
acquisitions of commercial and industrial properties, land purchase negotiations and the
drafting of all property related agreements. Letting us review the agreement or conduct the
negotiations can save you in time and money in the long run.
For example:
  • If the agreement of sale does not adequately or fairly represent your interests in the transaction, we’ll tell you.
  • If there are implied terms in the agreement or onerous conditions in the title deed that
    you might not even be aware of, we’ll tell you.
However, there is no sense in us telling you about these things after the fact. So, rather
reach out to us before you put pen to paper and allow us to make sure that you get exactly
what you bargained for.
When It Comes To Property Transfers, We Offer:
As professional conveyancing attorneys, our aim is to make the process of buying property
as painless as possible. Furthermore, we wish to ensure that you are fully familiar with the
transfer process, as well as what will be required of you during the process.
Typically, conveyancers are responsible for a range of tasks, including:
 Always protecting the interest of his/her client
 Keeping the clients informed about the progress of the transaction
 Advising the client on the content of the final agreement, including advice on
penalties, notice periods
 Advise the client on his/her obligations in terms of the offer
 Preparing of the Deeds required by the Deeds Office
 Meeting with the client to explain and sign the necessary documentation to conclude
the transfer
If you are looking for professional guidance for the buying or selling of a property, whether
commercial or residential (including sectional title), we can be of service! To discuss your
requirements with us, be sure to get in touch either via phone or email.

Company Law / Commercial Law

As part of our extensive legal service range, we at Etienne Genis Attorneys also assist clients with a wide variety of services relating to commercial and company law requirements. Our corporate lawyers are qualified and have in-depth experience on the diverse entities and regulations that make up South Africa’s laws around businesses.

Some of the key skills of an effective corporate lawyer include an understanding of business management and transactions, and of course, knowledge and experience in the relevant sections of the law. Clients can rest assured that our team of attorneys are well equipped to deal with a range of company and commercial law requirements, and we can confidently say that we possess the required skillset.

It is our aim to assist our clients as best possible and to assure a positive outcome. Some of our services include registering a company, close corporation, non-profit companies and trusts, on behalf of our clients.

Commercial law is another legal field that we at Etienne Genis Attorneys specialise in. Also referred to as business law, corporate law or mercantile law, this field of law applies to the rights, relations and behaviour of companies engaged in any kind of trade – be it commercial merchandising or sales. Our team offers expert advice to companies to ensure that both them and their consumers are protected.

Key skills of a proficient commercial lawyer include an in-depth understanding of business and business transactions, along with insight of how these factors intertwine in the scope of South African business in general. More importantly, you want to be sure that the commercial lawyer working on your case knows and understands company law, including the New Companies Act, the Competition Action, the Consumer Protection Act as well as a working knowledge of the different types of business entities that exist in our country.

Clients can rest assured that our team members focusing on commercial law are experienced and have an excellent understanding of South Africa’s Business Law and all matters pertaining to it.

Our services include the complete project management of any commercial legal transactions required by a client. Clients can count on us for sound advice and professional solutions – provided within budget and in line with any stipulated deadlines. With years of experience in the industry, we understand that there is no one-size-fits-all solution to assist a company with their legal matters. We therefore endeavour to provide each client with a professional, tailor- made solution that will benefit their specific case.


If you need a notary in Cape Town to notarise important documents, you can count on the team at Etienne Genis Attorneys. A notary refers to a specialist attorney who possesses the required knowledge on certain laws, and its processes, and who can therefore legally validate documents, act as a witness to the signing of important documents, or take official statements.

Our range of notarial services include the drafting of Antenuptial Contracts (e.g. marriage contracts), Notarial Deeds of Servitude (e.g. rights of way), Exclusive Use Areas (e.g. sectional title schemes) and Special Notarial Services (e.g. Usufructs, living rights, etc.). With offices both in Durbanville and Melkbosstrand, clients from all around the Cape surrounds are welcome to make an appointment with our attorneys to draft or notarise their required documentation.

As a specialist notary in Cape Town, we strive to assist our clients with advice, drafting and registration of any notarial agreement and to ensure that they make the correct decision according to their specific needs.

Litigation / Family Law

If you find yourself in the position of needing to take legal action, whether for a personal or business-related matter, it is important that you have the right team of attorneys on your side. Not only will choosing the right law firm to take on your case save you money in the long run, but it will also protect you and improve your chances of a positive outcome.

Etienne Genis Attorneys is a group of professional lawyers in Cape Town, and one of the areas we specialise in is commercial and general litigation services.

EGA Attorneys is also very proud of their specialized family law department. Leone Genis, who is the head of the department, holds an Advanced LLM in International Children’s Rights from Leiden University in the Netherlands. Leone has experience with working with various international organizations and treaty bodies such as the Hague Conference on Private International Law and the Committee on the Rights of the Child. Leone is passionate about children’s rights and will ensure that any matter referred to the EGA Family law department is dealt with the utmost care and attention it deserves.

EGA currently attends to the following family law matters:

  • Divorces
  • Maintenance Disputes
  • Family Mediation
  • Care and Contact Disputes

Wills / Deceased Estates

In South Africa, having a will is of paramount importance as it ensures that your wishes regarding the distribution of your assets are legally recognized and carried out after your passing. There are several reasons why having a will is crucial:

1. Control over Your Assets: With a will, you have the power to determine how your assets and property will be distributed among your beneficiaries. This allows you to provide for your loved ones, protect your family's financial future, and leave a legacy according to your specific wishes.

2. Guardianship of Minor Children: If you have minor children, a will allows you to appoint a legal guardian for them in the event of your passing. This ensures their well-being and provides you with peace of mind knowing that their care is entrusted to someone you trust.

3. Minimize Family Conflicts: A well-drafted will can help prevent disputes among your heirs and beneficiaries. Without a will, family members may disagree on how to distribute your assets, potentially leading to legal battles and strained relationships.

4. Tax Efficiency: A well-structured will can help minimize the tax implications for your estate, ultimately preserving more of your assets for your heirs.

If you die without a will in South Africa, your estate is considered intestate, and the law dictates how your assets will be distributed. The Intestate Succession Act of 1987 outlines the default rules, which may not align with your preferences. In this case:

1.Intestate Heirs: The law will specify who your legal heirs are, and it typically includes your spouse, children, parents, and siblings. The distribution depends on the presence of surviving family members.

2. Executor Appointment: The Master of the High Court will appoint an executor to manage and distribute your assets according to the legal framework.

3. Potential Disputes: Without clear instructions, disputes may arise among family members, leading to legal battles and additional emotional strain during an already difficult time.

4. Longer Process: The administration of an intestate estate can be more time-consuming and complex, potentially delaying the distribution of assets to beneficiaries.

In summary, having a will in South Africa is essential for ensuring that your assets are distributed according to your wishes, minimizing family conflicts, and providing for the well- being of your loved ones. Without a will, the legal process can be more complicated and may not reflect your intentions, leading to potential disputes and delays in asset distribution. It is advisable to seek legal counsel to draft a comprehensive will that aligns with your specific circumstances and desires.

For many people, Trust Law and trust administration are unclear. When a trust is not managed correctly, it can become something of a nightmare – especially for the beneficiaries. To avoid this, why not speak to the professionals about your trust, to ensure that your trust and/or will is setup within a valid legal structure, and that the duties of the trustees and the rights of any beneficiaries are stated clearly.

With years of experience in dealing with deceased estates, wills, estate planning, and trusts, the team at Etienne Genis Attorneys is ready to assist in any way possible.

The administration of Deceased Estates is in itself a complex process. Death is a difficult time for all concerned and very few people are equipped to cope with all the legal and financial consequences of death. Luckily, at Etienne Genis Attorneys, we have a professional team with a sound, working knowledge and in-depth expertise in the winding up of Deceased Estates. We will guide you through the entire process, from reporting the Estate to the Master of the High Court, through the exacting procedures prescribed by law, to the final distribution of the Estate to the beneficiaries, in an efficient and cost-effective manner.

We also assist with the entire spectrum of personal estate planning requirements. We can help with anything from preparing your will, providing assistance with proper estate planning, ensuring sufficient cash flow in the estate, setting up family and/or business trusts (discretionary inter vivos trusts or trusts with vested rights), to providing assistance for minors or other vulnerable individuals in a testamentary trust. We offer these services to ensure that your estate devolves efficiently, cost effectively and with a minimum of delay for your chosen beneficiaries.

By seeking the best possible professional assistance, you will be able to identify problem areas, investigate solutions and achieve peace of mind about your will and/or trust. By relying on us, you can rest assured knowing that you have done everything possible to streamline your financial affairs and to ensure that your will is a sound legal document. Our succession law experts are able to offer you this service and will provide you with professional and helpful advice throughout the entire process.

By creating an inter vivos trust, you can protect your assets and safeguard it from creditors and unforeseen circumstances (i.e. legal action, insolvency, divorce, estates duties, etc.) provided it is properly and legally implemented. Life is a rather unpredictable event. If you are a businessman, you must certainly consider having your personal and business affairs analysed by one of our attorneys who specialises in corporate structuring and trust law. Not only will this provide you with peace of mind, but it will also ensure that your family is cared for in the event of your passing.

Over the years, we have worked with many clients’ wills, and are proud to say that we always go the extra mile to ensure a positive outcome. We have been successful with various court applications regarding having a will and testament be declared valid after being dismissed by the Master of the High Court due to non-compliance with the Act on Wills.

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