legalese noun 1. the formal and technical language of legal documents.
,li:gɘ’li:z/ informal “the typed pages were full of confusing legalese”
Legalese is a creative legal agency which has redesigned legal services to suit creative, start-up, and tech-based businesses by making them accessible, affordable and understandable.
Traditionally, lawyers are called to fix problems. Legalese looks at law differently – utilizing modern technology and innovative thinking to tailor-make legal solutions that suit your business and prevent problems occurring in the first place. Our belief is that lawyers are best used prophylactically.
We are not a law firm. Do not call us when you get arrested. We are here for one thing – to take care of your business’ legal needs so you can focus on what you do best; your vision and your business.
Our approach to legal services comes from a mix of practice in corporate law firms, years of experience in the South African creative sector and a background in running start-ups. In this way, we speak the language of creativity as well as the legalese of the law.
Legalese's founder and director, Eitan is a practising attorney with a background in commercial and entertainment law and tech entrepreneurship.
Reneesha is an admitted attorney specialising in commercial and labour law, with a background in litigation.
Steph is a practising attorney licensed in both South Africa and New York with a background in media and commerce. He specialises in intellectual property law, focusing on trade marks, international copyright and technology licenses.
Legalese's paralegal, Catherine focuses on music and tech trends, legal research, royalty administration, and legal applications, registrations and licensing.
Artists, Creatives and Musicians
Over the past decade, the South African creative sector has grown into a thriving industry where musicians, artists, performers, sportsmen and filmmakers have turned their hobbies into professions. This progression did not happen by chance – its came about as a result of serious artists, investing time and effort into the business behind their art, as well as into the art itself.Read More
Starting your own business can be exciting, nerve racking and difficult. You understand how your product works and why it’s a game changer. Yet there are so many elements that feel out of your control: Are you supposed to register a company and pay tax? How do you protect your interests and make sure everything is done by the book? What should you do to ensure good and sustainable relationships with your partners?Read More
Growing and Established Businesses
So you started a little project from your bedroom three summers ago now suddenly you have a fully operational business, overheads to cover, two employees to pay and investors who are keeping an eye on your business growth. You never imagined it would get to this point. There is clearly some housekeeping to do because this business is going places.Read More
Tailormade Legal Solutions
You have a business idea, but there is some red tape to climb. Maybe its visa related. Maybe you want to protect your idea from being stolen. Perhaps you’ve come up with a method to innovate your industry and you’re wondering whether it is legal. You could have come to a disagreement with your business partner and you need some help to sort your differences. Perhaps you don’t know what you need, but you know you need something.Read More
Intellectual Property Solutions
You’re starting a brand, it’s just about to take off, but you’re not sure what other similar brands are out there. Maybe you’ve been investing in your brand for years and you want to make sure its valuable reputation is protected. Or, it’s too late, and someone’s gone and stolen your idea or logo and their products are being mistaken for yours. Perhaps you want to license or sell your brand, or you’re thinking of stepping things up a notch and taking it overseas. For any of these situations, registering a trade mark protects your business identity and prevents your competition from using a confusingly similar (or identical) one. If protected properly, your trade mark can become the most valuable asset in your business.
Registering your trademark involves a few hurdles and tricks to get right. Legalese has a dedicated Intellectual Property lawyer specializing in all things copyright and trademark related. With years of experience under our belts, we can advise on and handle the process, and work with you on a strategy to best protect what’s yours.Read More
What is Legalese?
Just to be clear, while Legalese is run by lawyers, it is not a law firm. Legalese is a creative legal agency designed specifically to service the creative and small business sector. By not registering as a law firm, Legalese is able to steer clear of the regulations and requirements of traditional law firms as well as many of the expenses involved.Read More
Why do creative businesses need lawyers?
If you’re running a fly-by-night business or a project in your spare time, then you don’t want to waste your money on legal fees. However if you have a vision, if you are putting your money on the line and are taking your work seriously, then ensuring your legal affairs are in order is imperative.Read More
Creatives and start-ups have no money, how can they afford legal fees?
Simply enough, we believe this to be a fallacy. Creatives are often freelancers. This means that their earnings can be irregular, but not that they earn poorly. Many creatives offer a professional service and can charge adequate fees in return.Read More
Why not use just any lawyers?
Traditionally, lawyers are expensive, aggressive and fat. They charge per minute, have a financial interest in taking your matter to court and while they understand the law and look great in their tailored suits, for the most part, they do not understand you or your industry.Read More
What about online legal resources?
Do you drink real coffee or are you satisfied with instant? Do you use a professional designer who understands your concept or is ilovelogos.com good enough for your business?Read More
** Prices are a guideline only and are subject to changes depending on specific requirements.
Services are available individually.
Email us directly at info@legalese for other services.
What Actually Happened in the Marijuana Case?
On 31 March 2017, Davis J, with a full bench of three judges concurring, handed down judgment in the Western Cape High Court that marked an important development in the law relating to the use of cannabis. He established that the laws that prohibit the use of cannabis by adults in the home are an…
Burning Question on 5FM: What is my Intellectual Property and how can I Protect it?
Eitan spoke about Intellectual Property and Trade Marks and how to protect these, with Nick Hamman on 5fm, on Monday, 13 February 2017. Listen in here: