About Mervin Messias

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About Dr Mervin Messias

TRUST EXPERT

JD (USA) / BA (Wits) / LLB (Wits) / TEP (Trust and Estate Practitioner)

With more than 40 years’ experience, both nationally and internationally, Dr Mervin Messias has gained a masterful grasp of the complexity of Trusts and an extraordinary depth of knowledge and proficiency in the creation and litigation of Trusts. Hence, he is widely recommended as the most natural choice for all matters relating to Trusts, Estate Planning, Wills, Tax incidental to Trusts as well as any Trust disputes that require professional resolution.

He consults by appointment from his private practice in Sandton, South Africa.

Dr Mervin Messias is recognised as a Trust expert, both nationally and internationally.

In South Africa:

  • Attorney and Notary public.
  • Member of The South African Law Society of Trusts and Estates committee.
  • Recognised as a Master Tax Practitioner by the South African Institute of Tax Practitioners (SAIT) – this is the largest of the professional tax bodies in South Africa, and seeks to enhance the tax profession by developing standards in education, compliance, monitoring and performance contributing to the development of world class professional practises and people.
  • Member of The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) – a unique professional society for worldwide practitioners dealing with family inheritance and succession planning; he has been the chairperson of a South African branch for twelve consecutive years.
  • Awarded “Best Lawyers” in the category of Trusts and Estates for fourteen consecutive years – one of the most respected peer-review publications in the legal profession, which is regarded as a significant honour by clients and lawyers.
  • Former member of The Fiduciary Institute of Southern Africa (FISA) – an institute promoting the interests of clients of fiduciary professionals through the setting of and enforcement of professional standards of conduct for fiduciary professionals.
  • Lectured to and trained Attorneys, Accountants, Fiduciary Practitioners and given numerous presentations to members of the public on Trusts.

Internationally:

 

  • Solicitor in England and Wales.
  • Solicitor and Barrister in Australia.
  • Solicitor and Barrister in New Zealand.
  • Attorney in Lesotho.
  • Legal qualifications to be an Advocate in Israel.
  • Legal qualifications in the United States of America as a Trust Practitioner.
  • Admitted as an Academician of the International Academy of Estate and Trust Law – a unique academy whose members must have distinguished themselves through lecturing, writing and participation in professional organisations and who demonstrate a significant interest in the continuing development of the law in their countries.

Credentials

Qualifications
  • Law qualifications in seven countries (South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, America, Israel, England and Lesotho)
  • Graded as a Master Tax Practitioner (SA) by SAIT
Achievements
  • Admitted Attorney, Solicitor and Barrister
  • Member of the Law Society of South Africa’s committee on Trusts and Estates
  • Admitted as a member of the Association of practicing Attorneys in the United States of America, specializing in Estate Planning and awarded a JD (Juris Doctor)
  • Former Chairperson of the International Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners, Johannesburg Branch, South Africa (STEP)
  • Admitted as academician 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 estates
  • Past Chairperson of the committee on Trusts and Estates (Estate Planning) of the Gauteng Law Council, South Africa
  • 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 of trusts, advising on investments of wealth in the trust structures and acting as an executor
  • Practising attorney and head of law firm specializing in Estate Planning from 1980-2018
  • Former Member of FISA (Fiduciary Institute of Southern Africa)
  • South African Trust & Estates law expert for Global Law Experts (GLE)
  • Award-winning Trust Disputes Lawyer of the Year in South Africa – 2018 by Global Law Experts (GLE)
  • Received the Best Lawyers awards as a best Trust Lawyer in South Africa for 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
  • South African Trust & Estates law expert for Advisory Excellence
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
  • Designed an Estate Planning, Trusts and Estates course for Financial Planners accredited by the Financial Planning Institute in South Africa
Articles & Letters
  • Contributing columnist on legal articles, including Trusts and Estates, for the Gauteng Law Councils publication
  • Appointed as the lead 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 Europe, Mediterranean, Africa & Indian Ocean region committee of The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP)
  • Contributing columnist on articles on Trust 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
  • Contributing columnist on legal articles, including Trusts and Estates, for the Gauteng Law Councils publication
  • Appointed as the lead 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 Europe, Mediterranean, Africa & Indian Ocean region committee of The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP)
  • Contributing columnist on articles on Trust 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
  • Contributing columnist for De Rebus, the South African Attorneys Journal
Television Appearances
  • Red Pepper Productions regarding Wills and Trusts
  • Summit TV regarding Essentials of Estate Planning, Reducing Taxes through proper Estate Planning & Offshore diversification
Radio Interviews
  • Various Radio Stations

Contact Us

Get in touch with Dr Mervin Messias by either contacting him directly or making an appointment with his Executive Assistant:

Office Number: +27 (0) 11 783 0108

Dr Mervin Messias:
mervin@mmtrustspecialist.co.za

Personal Assistant:
julie@mmtrustspecialist.co.za

Skype Appointments:
skype:mervinmessias.outlook.com

Office

104 11th Street, Parkmore, Sandton, Johannesburg
South Africa, 2196