WELCOME TO LITERATIM LEGAL SERVICES

Literatim, meaning “to the letter”, Legal Services saw its foundation during the latter stages of 2006 with the principal objective of providing cost-effective and legally compliant business contracts and trusts, tailor-made to the client’s needs and requirements.  Over time, this objective has expanded, but underlying the business philosophy is still that of providing quality service levels to ensure and maintain an optimised and professional relationship as well as prompt response to client requirements and needs.
Literatim Legal Services (Pty) Ltd offers dedicated and holistic legal and fiduciary services including trusts, trust administration, professional trustee services, estate structuring, wills, agreements and contracts.

What We Do

TRUSTS
  • Establishing new inter vivos, court order and special trusts
  • Maintenance on existing trusts
    • Assessment and/or audit of trust deeds
    • Amendment of trust deeds
    • Amendment of trustees and/or auditor/bookkeeper
    • Deregistration
    • Lodgement of documents at the Master’s Office

ADMINISTRATION OF TRUSTS
  • Legal advice pertaining to trust matters
  • Drafting of resolutions and other documentation pertaining to trust matters
  • Day-to-day administration of court order and special trusts
  • Facilitating trustee meetings of inter vivos, court order and special trusts

PROFESSIONAL TRUSTEE SERVICES
  • Acting as Professional Independent Trustee on court order and special trusts
  • Performing basic fiduciary duties such as advising on legal, tax and administration matters and attending trustee meetings

TRUSTEE TRAINING
  • Training on the advantages and disadvantages of trusts, role players in a trust, powers and duties of Trustees, tax and trust administration

PERSONAL ESTATE STRUCTURING AND WILLS
  • Personal estate structuring with focus on financial planning themes covering estates, trusts, tax, investments and business enterprises
  • Advice on wills with due regard to the tax and other implications of the content thereof on the clients’ estate
  • Drafting of wills

ADVICE ON AND DRAFTING OF CONTRACTS AND AGREEMENTS
  • Shareholders agreements
  • Co-operation agreements
  • Buy-and-Sell agreements
  • Other corporate agreements

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The Team

Our team consist of two professionals namely Mari Claassen and Catherine Hayes:

MARI CLAASSEN CFP® FPSA®
ADMITTED ATTORNEY OF THE HIGH COURT
BCOMM LLB LLM (TAX LAW) PG DIP IN FIN PLAN CERT IN ADV TRUST LAW
Mari is a co-founder of Literatim Legal and commenced her career in the financial services industry in 2004, after being admitted as an attorney of the High Court of South Africa. She is a trusted adviser on financial planning themes covering estates, trusts, tax, investments and business enterprises. Mari is skilled in facilitating and negotiating customised solutions and offer specialist services and advice to selected clients and has a vast knowledge of the financial services industry, fiduciary services industry and legislation relating to financial planning and trusts. Mari is a Certified Financial Planner® and a Fiduciary Practitioner of South Africa®. She is passionate about travelling, camping, photography and reading.
CATHERINE HAYES FPSA®
ADMITTED ATTORNEY AND CONVEYANCER OF THE HIGH COURT
LLB
Catherine was admitted as an attorney and conveyancer of the High Court of South Africa in respectively 2008 and 2009 and joined Literatim Legal in 2015. She has extensive experience in conveyancing matters and has advised on a range of property transactions. Catherine is skilled to perform fiduciary duties and a trusted adviser on the practicalities of setting up, maintaining and deregistering trusts. She has a vast knowledge of the nature of the South African trust system and how it is applied and administered by the Master of the High Court. Catherine is a Fiduciary Practitioner of South Africa® and a part time lecturer in Social Dimensions of Justice and Constitutional Development with the University of South Africa. She is the mother of two boys and is passionate about the upliftment of her community, upcycling and reading.

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