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LegalWise trail blaze into Africa

3rd December 2014


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Disputes are always unpleasant and can be very expensive. The reality is that a large portion of the population is not represented at all as far as the legal system is concerned.

As pioneers of legal expenses in South Africa, LegalWise aims to champion the evolution of legal protection across the Southern African Development Community by providing Namibians with the resources to stand brave against legal adversity.


Jan Luwes, Chief Executive Officer of LegalWise says: “LegalWise enters the Namibian market with one clear aim: To give our Members the confidence to stand brave and provide an affordable way of access to justice for all.”

LegalWise has been a leader in the provision of legal assistance to the South African public since the 80s. LegalWise is excited to bring its offering into the SADC region and entered the Botswana market in 2012 and now Namibia. The amazing reception of LegalWise serves as a further indication that the need for quality legal assistance is a reality across our region.


“The simple fact is that people need these services. There’s no way around it. And if they cannot afford them, or are unable to source them, what position are we leaving our fellow countrymen in?” he added.

Luwes, a general council member of RIAD, the International Association of Legal Protection Insurance, is an avid promoter of equality and the eradication of injustice, especially in developing communities where funds are scarce and legal issues  abound and, to this end, LegalWise proudly presented its 4 Pillars of Service to the public:

  1. Immediate face-to-face counselling to resolve your legal problems fast and effectively: The law waits for no man and when your number is up, you had best be prepared for it.
  2. Up to N$85,000 for your legal fees per case when you need a Lawyer to go to court: Legal fees are expensive - that’s what incited the foundation of LegalWise in the first place. With LegalWise you have ample financial muscle for your legal matters.
  3. Legal assistance for family matters such as divorce and child maintenance: Legal issues are not restricted to businesses or criminals - we are all participants under the law and every situation, even your home situation, needs to be accounted for.
  4. Access to LegalWise Branches in South Africa: Similarly, just because you are away on holiday, that doesn’t mean the law stops being relevant. LegalWise aims to provide their clients as much coverage as possible.

Luwes concluded the Pillars with the thought, “N$85 per month - that’s all it costs. You know, we talk about your rights, your obligations, your children, sometimes even your freedom when dealing with legal matters. N$85 per month is the affordable way to ensure you and your family can always stand brave.”

The expansion of the LegalWise footprint into selected African markets saw the first two Branches open in Windhoek and Ongwediva in the Oshana region. 

LegalWise continues to roll-out innovations to enable affordable legal services across Africa.

Xabiso Matshikiza, Communications Manager, LegalWise


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