|Firm||Law Offices of Karen Olivier|
Hampden House, 3 Hampden Road, Morningside, Durban, 4001
|Languages||English, Zulu, Afrikaans (in order of proficiency)|
|BA LLB (University of Natal)|
|Years of Service||13|
|Position in Firm||Practitioner|
|Courts most familiar with||High Court and Magistrate's Court|
|Access to Children||Adoption|
|Fostering||High Court Practice|
|International Child Abduction||Litigation (General)|
|Litigation (High Court)||Litigation (Magistrates Court)|
FOCUScustody and care, pre and post divorce maintenance, divorce, domestic violence, relocation
Karen is passionate about Family Law and is passionate about the preservation of rights of children or a spouse or a partner in a relationship, her aim being the upliftment of the individual. Karen's passion is ingrained in the firm, which is a specialist in its field, and distinguishes itself in its original and unique approach and methods of achieving dispute resolution. The firm is passionate about preserving its client's rights. And does this expertly.
She is a senior attorney and firmly believes that Family Law is the most important area of Law, as the family unit is the cornerstone of our very existence: we are “moulded” by our various experiences within a family unit, and it is thus only fair that the mould is cast fairly.
She maintains that we all have a voice, whether it be the muffled voice of an abused child or the silent protestations of an oppressed spouse. Every one of us is entitled to be heard.
Karen and her support staff pride themselves in providing sound and specialized legal advice to the firm’s clients, by way of a knowing and hands on approach, with the focus on the individual who is emotionally supported, and expertly guided through the turmoil of the family dispute embroiling them.
On a personal note, in Karen's spare time, she gardens, listens to music and relaxes with nature, be it observing the swirls of the ocean or marveling the swoop of an eagle
The mission of the firm is the recognition of the marginalized, the empowerment of the browbeaten, and the emancipation of the suppressed. Accomplished attorneys, Karen and Kerissa, focus on the needs and means of the individual in every dispute and are skilled and dedicated in designing and providing a unique and strategically structured tailor-made solution to suit each litigant’s dispute.
Any dispute and litigation creates conflict, insecurity, trepidation and panic of varying intensity. The team and support staff are aware that no two disputes are the same, and understand the emotional turmoil that a litigant faces, and are aware that every litigant has a different threshold when faced with dispute. Karen and Kerissa know and understand that some of us might be filled with terror and unease when counting down to a day in Court. Bearing this in mind, the team supports and guides its client through the legal process to achieve enforcement of their rights.
The team utilizes a hands on and personalized approach and first aims at achieving a friendly out of court settlement, to reduce the financial or emotional cost of litigation, with enforcement of a client’s rights as conviction and yard stick of settlement. Where settlement by way of undertaking or mediation or arbitration is not possible, and one must by necessity resort to the Courts, the team is equipped and well versed at considering, strategically creating, obtaining and completing a tailor-made solution to all dispute, utilizing differing approaches, and calling on experts from the firm’s readily accessible panel of experts, to guide and apprise the Judiciary in matters of non- law conflict.
The team are knowledgeable, experienced and understanding and insist on the recognition and upholding of a litigant’s legal rights. We all have rights, and are entitled to our rights being enforced. It is essential to strike a perfect and healthy balance between rights and duties in every relationship, be it in the family unit or in the workplace or in a corporate environment. With every duty, there must be a corresponding right to prevent a burdensome existence. Nobody is above the Law and each one of us is accountable for our actions and our inactions. There must be equality before the Law, and there must be Justice, or else there is no law.
|Average Hourly Fees||unknown
Please note that this is an indicative rate and may vary according to task. Please request a quote for exact amounts.
|Number of Qualified Attorneys||2|
|Number of staff in firm||6 - 10|
|Date Firm Established||0|
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