Renell, welcome to the 2018 Midlands Bridal Fair. We are so excited to introduce you and your business to our Brides- and Grooms-to-be!
We’d love to know more about you and how you got into the industry…
The practice is headed by Anthony (Ant) Jenkins, an Attorney and Conveyancer of many years, who commenced practice for his own account on 1 January 2010. Ant had previously been a partner in three firms of Attorneys in Pietermaritzburg, and decided at the end of 2009, to open his own practise. Ant is ably assisted by a Professional Assistant Attorney, highly experienced Estates and Trusts Paralegals, Candidate Attorneys, and a private secretary.
What services and expertise does your business offer to clients?
A G Jenkins Attorneys is a boutique fiduciary firm. We specialise in Wills and estate planning, Trusts, deceased estates, personal affairs administration and notarial matters as well as conveyancing. We will be advising the potential clients at the show about the various marital regimes that are available in South Africa. We will also advise them about drafting their Wills and the effect that the marital regimes have in the event of death or divorce.
How long have you been doing this for?
A G Jenkins Attorneys has been operational for 8 years, however Ant Jenkins has been an attorney for over 30 years.
What do you love most about the work you do?
We are able to help people through their life journey and assist them in various aspects. The practice prides itself in being a very personal one, and Ant and his staff make a special effort to build personal relationships with their clients, and, particularly in this area of law, they believe that relationship building and the maintaining of relationships is central to this type of work.
What differentiates your business and makes you stand out? What are you known for?
We are known for our high level of empathy and consideration for clients who are in an emotionally fragile position in either preparing for, or administering Estates after the death of a client. We believe in a very personal approach and assist our Clients every step of the way, ensuring that they completely understand the legal jargon and are made aware of the various changes in our fields and areas of law. We pride ourselves in preparing and assisting our clients to enable them to structure their affairs in the best way possible to ensure that their families are well taken care of on their death.
What can visitors to the Midlands Bridal Fair expect to see from you at the fair?
We will have a powerpoint presentation running throughout the fair, explaining the marital regimes. We will be hosting a competition where a lucky couple will win a free ANC (Antenuptial Contract) valued at R2,000 (plus VAT). There will be balloons and free candy and our friendly staff will be on hand to provide information and advice. We will also be assisting those individuals who wish to have their Wills drafted.
What advice would you give to Brides- and/or Grooms-to-be?
When most people plan their Wedding day, the legal consequences pertaining to their Marriage is the last thing on their mind. They are caught up in the excitement of planning their dream Wedding that they often forget about the most important aspect, which is that Marriage is also a Contract in our Law and that there are certain legal implications that come with it. All too often, couples only realise the Legal consequences when it is too late.
This has inspired us to want to educate and assist couples planning their Wedding to enable them to understand the Legal Consequences attaching to a marriage concluded in terms of South African Law and that an Ante-Nuptial Contract is not a preparation for a divorce situation but that it is also a way to protect each spouse against the Legal Consequences that arise on the untimely death of one of them.