Legal Issues: What You Need to Know

Legal Issues and What You Need To Know: A Conversation with Carol Speirs

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We’ll look at the different legal issues faced by individuals, families and business owners and the impact that these legal issues have. We’ll also look at how we can better prepare ourselves for potential legal issues, and what to expect in terms of different legal processes.

About our guest

We welcome Carol Speirs as our guest. Carol is an admitted attorney who completed her Bachelor of Law (BA LLB) degree at the University of Cape Town in 2008. In 2012, she became the Co-Founder and Director of SB Attorneys, a law firm practicing civil and criminal litigation that includes commercial and family matters. Carol heads up the Commercial, Civil Litigation and Family Law Department in the firm.

In 2021, Carol celebrated ten years since being admitted as an attorney, and twelve years since being in business. On this anniversary, she shared these top five lessons that she learned on her journey and it’s wisdom that could benefit us all:

  1. Trust your inner voice, it is usually spot on
  2. Don’t sweat the small stuff, just do the best you can with the time you have
  3. Don’t take no for an answer – ask a different question
  4. Write what you would like to say and then cut it in half
  5. Sometimes you just need to laugh, put on some good music and keep going

Carol’s accomplishments aren’t restricted to her career journey. When she’s not changing lives and businesses through her work, you’ll find Carol travelling and exploring, spending time with her fiancé Justin, and she’s currently planning her wedding. She’s a former hip hop dancer who competed at National level and because of her love for the great outdoors, she’s hiked the Grand Canyon and Fish River Canyon. She even keeps active on her holidays abroad to the extent that she’s completed running marathons in both Dublin and Berlin.

Questions that we discuss during our interview:
  1. What lead to you becoming an attorney?
  2. What are some of the common legal issues that individuals and families face?
    How do these issues impact your clients?
  3. In your experience, what are some of the common legal issues that business owners face?
    How do these issues impact your clients?
  4. How can individuals and business owners better prepare themselves for potential legal issues?
    What should they have in place?
  5. We don’t always know what to expect in terms of how long it takes to finalise a legal process.
    What are some of the timeframes for some of the common legal processes?

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