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If we desire respect for the law, we must first make the law respectable.
– louis D. brandeis

Your Trust Is Our Priority

Who we are and what we believe in

Yvonne de Beer Attorneys is a legal firm based in Stellenbosch.

The firm was founded by Yvonne in 2009. We believe in excellence and trust. No man is above the law, or below it. We believe in personalized service where you will have direct access and communication by the attorney dealing with your matter. Our culture is to assist clients by making the law explainable in an often over-complicated world. Our client’s affairs are dealt with in the most professional and confidential way.

By applying our expertise and knowledge gained by years of practising, enthusiasm and our passion for the law we strive to provide our clients with the best legal advice and service possible.

Your trust, is our priority.

Meet the Team

Yvonne de Beer

Yvonne is the founder of YDB Attorneys. She completed her LLB degree in 2003 at the University of North West. She commenced her legal articles in 2004, whilst enrolling and completing her Master’s Degree in Mercantile Law at the University of Pretoria. She was admitted as an Attorney of the High Court in 2005.

Yvonne established the firm in September 2009 and has been practising as an Attorney, registered with the Legal Practice Council ever since. Yvonne has also been involved in the academic environment. She has been lecturing different legal subjects to multiple Universities since 2004,
and is currently involved as a lecturer in the Post Graduate Diploma in Tax Law at the University of Stellenbosch.

Besides being a dedicated Attorney, Yvonne also has a beautiful family and is passionate about spending time with her husband and 2 small boys. She also loves travelling, reading and cooking.

Nicole Malan

Nicole obtained her LLB degree from the University of Pretoria in 2007. In 2010 she obtained her Master’s Degree with a specialization in Labour Law from the University of Pretoria. During that year she also received the award for the best Master’s Dissertation in the field. Nicole was admitted as an Attorney of the High Court in 2009 and was admitted as a Conveyancer of the High Court in 2014. She has been practicing as an Attorney registered with the Legal Practice Council ever since. Nicole has a natural talent for forming and maintaining loyal relationships. She strives to create and maintain the solutions that our clients need by applying her expertise and knowledge of the Law. Nicole became an Associate at YDB Attorneys during 2022.

Nicole is a keen athlete and stays fit by running in our majestic Stellenbosch mountains. Nicole and her husband have a beautiful and very busy family with 4 children. They love traveling as a family and spending quality time together balancing work and life

Angela Scally

Angela is an experienced Attorney with a diverse professional background spanning nearly two decades. She obtained her LLB degree from the University of Pretoria in 2002. Her journey in the legal field began at De Swardt Vogel Mahlafonya Attorneys in Pretoria where she served as a candidate attorney and later as a professional assistant from 2003 – 2007. Thereafter she expanded her legal expertise as an Attorney at SizweNtsaluba Gobodo Grant Thornton Advisory Services, further enhancing her skills in commercial law, company law, law of contract, legislative compliance, and trust management. Angela joined our team during 2022. Angela maintains a strong connection with clients, and she remains dedicated to delivering effective legal solutions tailored to our clients’ unique needs.

Apart from being an excellent attorney, Angela and her husband has two beautiful boys. They love keeping fit by playing tennis, hiking and also enjoys cooking together and a good glass of wine.

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Paula Bongers

Paula has over 40 years of experience in the Administration of Deceased Estates. She started her career in 1977 at Syfrets Executor and Trust Company (known as Nedgroup Trust Ltd today) where she obtained a diploma in Trustee Services and also successfully completed her Banker’s Exam. Paula heads our Milnerton ProActive Wills and Estate office, which she started in 2002. She is an active member of FISA (Fiduciary Institute of South Africa). Paula has a passion for people and values long-term relationships. Her compassion and expertise ensure professional service on a personal level. Paula loves cooking, discovering new and trendy restaurants, traveling, and practicing Transcendental Meditation.

Glynis Benting

Glynis has 20 years of experience in the legal industry. She attended Boland College after matriculating where she obtained her certificates in Financial Accounting,  Legal Practice, Litigation, and Conveyancing and Management Assistant Diploma.

Glynis has an amazing talent for creating order out of chaos and she is our administrative pillar. She is diligent and dedicated to professional service delivery and her positive attitude is contagious.

Glynis is always up for a challenge and enjoys reading, listening to music, and the outdoors.

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.

– aristotle

Primary Practice Areas

Administration of Deceased Estates

A deceased estate comes into existence when a person passes away. The estate must be administered in accordance with the provisions of the Administration of Estates Act, 66 of 1965. It is therefore important the your Executor is a person with specialized knowledge in the field of administration of deceased estates. The estate must be reported to the Master of the High Court and if the estate’s value exceeds R 250 000.00 a Letters of Executorship will be issued, alternatively a Letters of Authority is issued for estates with a value of less than R250 000.00.  This appointment will then allow the Executor to commence the formal administration procedure as prescribed by the Act, under supervision and final approval of the Master of the High Court.

Drafting of Wills

A Will is a specialised document in which a person (or couple) sets out what must happen to their estate when they pass away. A person’s estate consist of all the persons assets and liabilities on date of death.  In a Will a person will also nominate an Executor who should administer their estate and assist their family with all the legal procedures upon their passing. A Will should preferably be drawn up by an Attorney as there are many formal legal requirements which it must comply with in order to be valid. A Will allows you to decide who should be the beneficiaries of your estate, and if you have minor children this is how you appoint a Guardian when you are no longer there to care for them. Your signed original Will should be kept in a place of safety, for example with your Attorney.

Property Law

Property law is the area of law that governs the rights and duties of individuals or entities that own personal or fixed property.

We can advise you regarding your rights when purchasing and selling property. Each time a property is sold, a transfer of legal title takes place, and a new deed of transfer must be drawn up and the property must be registered in the new owner’s name in the Deeds Office.

Our Conveyancing experts will assist you and attend to the formal legal process of registering your transaction in the Deeds Office.

Law of Contract

Contract Law provides a framework which regulates transactions, dealings and relationships between parties. It stipulates all rights and obligations arising from the specific agreement between the parties. It ensures that when parties enter into the contract their intentions are similar and all material aspects of the agreement have been discussed and agreed upon. For a contract to be valid, certain legal requirements must be met. If you wish to enter into a contract we strongly advise that you seek professional advice and assistance in drafting the contract that suits your specific needs. Not only will this result in a fair contract being drafted and all parties interests protected, but it will also ensure that both parties will fulfil their obligations as promised. 

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