Mervin Messias – Wills and Estates
Sandton – Gauteng

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Practice Details

Practice Number: F465
Qualifications: BA   LLB   JD   TEP   MTP(SA)
Office Contact Person: Julie/Lauren
Telephone: 011 783 0108
Fax No: 011 783 0264
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Email Address: mervin@messiasattorneys.co.za
Website Address: www.messiasattorneys.com
Physical Address: 104 – 11th street, Parkmore, Sandton, Gauteng, 2196, South Africa
Postal Address: P.O Box 653009, Benmore, Sandton, Gauteng, 2010, South Africa

Detailed information

Mervin Messias has consecutively been awarded Best Lawyers for the area of Trusts by his peers for 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.
He is the head of the law firm and an expert Trust Attorney, specializing in solving Trust matters, with 40 years in the legal profession.

His unique ability lies in matters such as:

  • Creation and registration of Trusts
  • Amendments to existing Trusts
  • Appointment of Trustees
  • Trusts that do not meet legal requirements
  • Incorrectly drafted Trusts
  • Trust disputes
  • Tax issues related to Trusts
  • Will creation
  • International Trust matters

Mervin is committed to assisting and resolving the concerns of every client.

    National & International Qualifications:

  • South Africa Attorney, Notary Public and Master Tax Practitioner
  • Australia Solicitor and Barrister
  • England and Whales Solicitor and Trust & Estate Practitioner (NP)
  • Lesotho Attorney
  • New Zealand Solicitor and Barrister (NP)
  • United States Juris Doctor

Other achievements:

  • Member of the Law Society of South Africas committee on Trusts and Estates
  • Admitted as a member of the International Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (1998)
  • Chairperson of the International Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners, Johannesburg Branch, South Africa (STEP)
  • Member of the International Academy of Estate and Trust Law
  • Former member of the Law Society of the Northern Provinces Deceased Estates committee
  • Appointed as trustee, protector and executor in numerous trusts and estates, participating in the structuring, administration, interpretation and resolution of disputes in regard to trusts and the administration of estates
  • Past Chairperson of the committee on Trusts and Estates (Estate Planning) of the Gauteng Law Council
  • Past Convenor of the Trusts and Estates Committee of the Life Underwriters Society of South Africa (LUASA)
  • International trusts and estates attended to the creation and administration of trusts, advising on investments of wealth in the trust structures and acting as an executor
  • Member of the Law Society of the Northern Province Disciplinary Committee
  • Past member of the Company Law Committee of the Law Society of Northern Provinces
  • Past member of the Exchange Control Committee of the Law Society of Northern Provinces
  • Past Councillor of the Gauteng Law Council
  • Past Treasurer of the Gauteng Law Council
  • Awards by the Gauteng Law Council in recognition of the contribution to the Attorneys profession
  • Admitted as a member of the Financial Intermediaries Association of South Africa (2008)

Presentations:

  • Convenor and presenter of seminars on Trusts and Estates for Attorneys
  • Conducted seminars for Financial Planners on Estate Planning, Trusts, Wills and Estates
  • Lectured for L.E.A.D (Legal Education and Development) to attorneys on Trusts and Tax in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Bloemfontein, Port Elizabeth and East London (2008)
  • Designed an Estate Planning, Trusts and Estates course for Financial Planners accredited by the Financial Planning Institute in South Africa
  • Lectured on business management at the University of Johannesburg
  • Lectured on business management at the London International School of Fashion
  • Invited to give presentations in Australia and Mauritius

Articles and Letters:

  • Written for the law magazine, De Rebus
  • Contributing columnist on legal articles, including Trusts and Estates, for the Gauteng Law Councils publication
  • Appointed as an editorial member for the South African Johannesburg branch of The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP)
  • Contributing columnist on articles on Trusts and Estates for AVANTI, the international publication of the Europe, Mediterranean, Africa & Indian Ocean region committee of The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP)
  • Contributing columnist on articles on Trusts and Estates published in Insight, the journal of the Association of Professional Financial Planners. Contributing columnist on legal articles for the Financial Intermediaries Association of South Africa
  • Life Underwriters Society of South Africa
  • Financial Intermediaries Association of Southern Africa INSIGHT magazine
  • Gauteng Law Council
  • Avanti (STEP)

Television Appearances for:

  • Presenter on legal topics on TV
  • Red Pepper Productions regarding Wills and Trusts
  • Summit TV regarding Essentials of Estate Planning, Reducing Taxes through proper Estate Planning & Offshore diversification

Radio Appearances:

  • Presenter on legal topics on Radio
  • Guest speaker on various radio stations

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