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About Dr Mervin Messias

TRUST & ESTATE PRACTITIONER

JD (Juris Doctor) / BA, LLB (Wits) / TEP (Trust & Estate Practitioner) / MTP (Master Tax Practitioner – S.A)

Dr Mervin Messias is a Trust & Estate Practitioner. He has been admitted as a member of the International Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP).

Learn more about Dr Mervin Messias below.

Dr Mervin Messias’s experience includes matters such as:

  • Trusts that do not meet legal requirements
  • Incorrectly drafted trusts
  • Trust disputes
  • Tax issues related to Trusts
  • Succession Trust matters in Estate Planning
  • Tax and Trusts in Deceased Estates
  • The drafting of wills
  • Will disputes
  • Winding up Estates (Probate)
  • Estate Disputes (Probate Disputes)
  • Estate Planning

Credentials

Read about Dr Mervin Messias’s impressive credentials:

Qualifications
  • Law qualifications in seven countries (South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, America, Israel, England and Lesotho)
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 administration of 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 and administration 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:
+27 (0) 82 881 0765
mervin@mmtrustspecialist.co.za

Personal Assistant:
nell@mmtrustspecialist.co.za

Skype Appointments:
skype:mervinmessias.outlook.com

Office

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