A specialist attorney, with over 14 years experience, founder of Yugandrie Maharaj Inc. Law firm, a well-established client-centered Law Firm offering a personal approach to legal services. Backed up by a highly capable team, The Law firm was founded by Yugandrie Maharaj, situated primarily in Pietermaritzburg.
Driven by her sheer determination to succeed, Pietermaritzburg mother and successful attorney Yugandrie Maharaj have become one of the most respected names in the legal profession. Outspoken, courageous, ambitious and spiritual, Maharaj is proud of her Indian roots and is grounded by her belief in the teachings of the Art of Living Foundation and humanitarian work.
Despite being part of an industry that bears a reputation for being cutthroat and status-driven, Maharaj draws on her spiritual side to give the legal profession a human face that will inspire others to emulate. Not content with just running a successful and prosperous law firm she has embarked on a journey to spread the paradigm – for a business to grow and be truly sustainable it needs to have heart, be grounded in people and be profoundly generous.
She began by rebranding her firm: Yugandrie Maharaj Incorporated, into the highly successful YMI as a brand it is now poised to leverage opportunities in:
1. Conveyancing and other traditional legal services
2. Expert debt counseling
3. Developing a franchise model to take debt counseling nationally
4. Entrepreneurship programmes for unemployed graduate youth
5. Holding knowledge sessions in communities plagued by violence and poverty
She holds a BA (LAW) LLB degree from the then University of Durban-Westville and while Maharaj enjoys much success now her story is one of the rags to riches. Her journey was not always this rosy. She is not shy to admit her childhood, especially her formative years were very “traumatic”. Maharaj says, “I was the eldest in a family of three children with an alcoholic father and a simple, humble mother.”
After much hardship, Maharaj completed her legal studies and 14 years ago become an attorney. Her determination and desire to excel and deepen her knowledge saw Maharaj go on to seek out experience in family & divorce law, commercial law, insolvency law, criminal and civil litigation as well as conveyancing. Her success is most evident in the formidable R10 million property portfolio she has subsequently built.
But as far as success goes the sky is not the limit for Maharaj. She has not forgotten the bumpy road she had traveled, nor does she ignore the fact that there are still so many people, particularly women, trapped in poverty, limited by circumstance and the lack of opportunity, and who needed help in shifting their mindsets.