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C. Ries Incorporated

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C. Ries Incorporated is a boutique Law Firm with offices in Kloof and Ballito and serving the greater Durban area. Our aim is to provide solution focused legal advice which focuses on problem solving and adding value. 


We strive to provide our clients with solution based advice and as such, strongly believe that in certain matters, alternative dispute resolution processes can best serve the interests of the client. Our premise is based on the grounding that certain matters are best resolved by bringing the parties together in the correct forum with the right attitude and the sky is the limit.

Not only do we endorse this belief but the Justice Department has also taken regulatory steps to encourage parties in certain matters to reach an amicable resolve prior to the matter being set down for hearing before a Judge who will then decide on the merits.


We offer the following services and advice with regards to family law matters:

Divorce –  Parenting Plans - Spousal Maintenance claims & disputes – Interim Relief such as a Rule 43 or 58 application – Contact, Care and Child Maintenance – Change of Marital Regime –Maintenance Claims against a deceased Estate – Ante Nuptial Contracts – Same Sex Marriages and Cohabitation & Adoptions.


Colleen is amazing! She is very professional, but compassionate and sincere at the same time. Her realistic approach in looking for resolutions and options really helped ease and quicken the process. Will definitely recommend Colleen to anyone who finds themselves in the unfortunate position of separation or divorce.



  • Administration of Deceased Estates

  • Estate Planning

  • Wills

  • Trust Formations


One can argue that going to court and litigating a dispute can be one of life’s more traumatic experiences. We are here to assist and guide you through the process, providing solution focused advice.



These are a case of opposing parties taking issue and enforcing (“fighting out”) a right in a court environment with a Judge or Magistrate acting as a referee. These types of cases include Family Law matters such as the parents’ rights to care and contact of a child, maintenance claims, divorce, domestic violence, money claims, property rights and disputes such as lease agreements, estate and trust disputes.



This is a public forum where the State has decided to institute legal action against an individual. The wheels of the criminal justice system are awakened the minute a crime is reported and so the journey of prosecution, bail and punishment begins.


Our contemporary approach to law is to provide holistic, solution focused advice, which makes sense for your specific needs. We have vast experience in the drafting and negotiation of various contacts from Corporate and Commercial transactions to specialised IT agreements or everyday Labour Contracts. We are able to assist the experienced business who merely needs a contract template or someone in need of drafting and advice on more complex transactions.

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