FAQ

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Here is a handy checklist of questions you should ask an attorney when deciding whether they are best suited to your needs and to your individual case.

Experience

Q: What experience do you have in the field of law that I require you for?

A: I am a senior attorney and have practised in all facets of Family Law, for 14 years. There are a total of 7 legal practitioners who practise in my Firm. All 7 of us practise solely in Family Law. My Firm is a specialist firm of attorneys and we act with Passion, in protecting the rights of our clients (and their children) in the matters entrusted to us.

possible scenarios

Q: What are the possible scenarios in the outcome of my case?

A: Without being instructed as to the precise nature of your dispute, it is near impossible to compare a possible outcome in your matter, to similar matters I have dealt with.  The testimonials of my clients, which appear at the bottom of each page of my website, explain what the outcome of their varying matters, all dealt with by my team and I, have been.

Time expectancy

Q: How long do you think it would take to resolve my case?

A: Without being instructed as to the precise nature of your dispute, it is near impossible to give an indication as to the expected duration of the dispute.  The testimonials of my clients, which appear at the bottom of each page of my website, explain the duration of their dispute.  Remember that every dispute is different, and no practitioner can predict with precision how long a dispute will endure. Suffice to say, my team and I endeavour to settle every dispute as expeditiously as possible.

Lower rates

Q: Would it be possible for junior attorneys or paralegals in your office to handle the administrative tasks at a lower rate?

A: In an attempt at making professional and sound legal representation accessible to all, since there must be equality before the Law, administrative tasks are attended to by a junior member of staff, so as to reduce legal costs.

Contingent fee

Q: Would you be willing to take the case on a contingent fee basis i.e. if you are suing for a cash settlement – the attorney gets a percentage of the settlement?

A: The Act does not permit an attorney to receive fees on a contingent basis in a divorce. The benefits of a Rule 43 Application however, which includes applying for a costs contribution, will assist you in paying for and securing sound legal advice in your divorce matter.

Previous cases

Q: What was the outcome in previous cases you handled, which were similar in nature to mine?

A: Without being instructed as to the precise nature of your dispute, it is near impossible to compare a possible outcome in your matter, to similar matters I have dealt with.  The testimonials of my clients, which appear at the bottom of each page of my website, explain what the outcome of their varying matters, all dealt with by my team and I, have been.

alternative actions

Q: Are there any alternative actions I could take in resolving my case?

A: In every matter attended to by my team and I, litigation is resorted to only if a dispute cannot be settled on your terms.  The Firm first endeavours to settle a dispute amicably, and if this is not possible, then an action or an application to Court is recommended and must proceed.

possible alternatives

Q: Is mediation or arbitration a possible alternative and would you recommend it?

A: Mediation or arbitration of a dispute can be effective in alternate dispute resolution, and should be considered, assuming of course that both parties are open to this, in situations where there is a deadlock situation, and in an attempt to reducing legal costs.

Settlement

Q: Would you be inclined to go for a reasonable settlement or do you see an aggressive and unyielding approach as being the way to go?

A: The method used to attempt settlement of a dispute, varies from case to case and from litigant to litigant. It is near impossible to advise on the approach to be adopted in advance of being instructed as to the nature of your dispute and whether your dispute justifies a protracted battle or whether a reasonable settlement is feasible. The stamina of a litigant must also be considered when deciding this.

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The Law Offices of Karen Olivier in Durban offers professional, legal advice and personalised, legal services. Karen practices exclusively in Family Law, and specialises in custody, contact, maintenance, divorces and protection orders.

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I met Karen and her team just under a year ago. Their professional and ethical services makes it that much easier to handle the circumstances one is faced with. Their compassion, kindness, humility and work ethics are of the highest standard. I have never regretted walking into their offices and they will be my first recommendation for anyone seeking help with legal matters. Karen, I have the utmost respect for you and your team. God bless

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Thank you to Law Offices of Karen Olivier for their professional and expert legal representation, which resulted in the speedy resolution of a custody dispute that had previously caused much distress over a period of time to both us and my minor children. The emotional guidance of Karen and her team supported us through the court process. We are happy to announce that a Court Order was granted which ensures that my minor childrens’ best interests are upheld. I can now sleep with ease at night. 

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