Willie heads the Trust Law & Estate Planning Department of the firm`s George offices, and specializes in trust law, holistic estate planning and related topics.
Prior to joining Millers Inc. in 1992, Willie was a legal advisor to the Johannesburg City Council, practiced as an attorney, and was involved in an estate planning bureau at Potchefstroom University (now NWU). He also became a mercantile law professor and Dean of the Law Faculty of the University of the North (now Limpopo). His practice consists of advising clients, including practitioners, on wills and the creation, variation, analysis and terminating of various kinds of trusts, and how it tie into a holistic estate plan, including business protection and family relationship plans. As an annual traveler, Willie presents seminars on trusts and good governance, and holistic estate planning, locally and abroad.
He currently serves as a professor in the Private Law Department at the Free State University and their School for Financial Planning. He is coauthor of, inter alia Wills & Trusts, a leading publication on the law of trusts and wills in South Africa, as well as coauthor of Estate Planning & Fiduciary Services Guide, and Butterworths Forms & Precedents (Estates). He was a co-presenter of the diploma in tax practice offered by the Law Society of South Africa and accredited by the University of Johannesburg.
Certificate in Tax Law
Attorney of the High Court of South Africa
Member of the Law Society of South Africa`s Standing Committee on Estates and Trusts
STEP (UK based Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners)
Served on Wesgro & EXCO of George Business Chambers
Lecturing & speaking engagements:
For 20 years plus to practitioners & academics local & abroad
Honours & awards:
Eden Sport Council Athletic Legend Award