Our Team of Estate & Trusts Professionals

Estate Planning, Trust Services and More


Our team of estate and trust services professionals have more than 35 years of trusts and estate planning experience, and are capable of offering you the peace of mind you need.

Take the first step by contacting one of our specialists directly. Alternatively, email reception@delberg.co.za


Managing Director
Gert Van Den Berg

Background: This division is headed by Gert van den Berg, who is widely regarded as one of the leading experts in the field of estate planning, trusts and the law of succession.

Gert spent a number of years in the office of the Master of the High Court in Bloemfontein and six years with the trust department of a bank. He was admitted as an Advocate of the High Court of South Africa in 1985.

During the past thirty-five years, Gert van den Berg has been in private practice, specialising in every facet of estate planning, trusts law and the law of succession. In December 2000 he joined PricewaterhouseCoopers in their estate and trust division. He is co-author together with his previous partner, the late Dr PA Olivier, of the book titled Praktiese Boedelbeplanning as well as co-author of an updated version of the book Trust Law and Practice.

He lectures on trusts, estate planning and administration of estates at various universities and presents seminars on these topics throughout South Africa to various institutions such as the Law Society of Northern Provinces, South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA), the Financial Planning Institute (FPI) and various Financial Institutions, Trust Companies and Insurance Companies.


Directors
Francois van den Berg

Background: Francois graduated from the University of Pretoria in 1997 (BProc (cum laude)) and in 1998 (LLB). He completed a Diploma in Insolvency Law in 1998, as well as the course programme in Corporate Law in 2001. He was admitted as an attorney in August 1999 and as a conveyancer in January 2000. Francois co-founded Delport van den Berg Inc. in 2002.

Leon Delport

Background: Leon obtained a BProc degree from the University of Pretoria in 1990. He was admitted as an attorney in May 1994 and as a conveyancer in February 2002. In 2002, Leon co-founded Delport van den Berg Inc.


Associates
Callie van der Merwe

Background: Callie graduated from the North-West University in 2013 (BCom Law, LLB) and in 2015 (LLM (Estate Planning)). He was admitted as an attorney in February 2017.

Louis Koster

Background: Louis graduated from the University of Pretoria in 2014 (LLB). He was admitted as an attorney in June 2015.


Consultant
Gavin Beckwith

Background: Gavin Beckwith is one of our recently appointed consultants. Gavin is a Chartered Accountant and holds a higher diploma in Tax Law. He recently retired from one of the Big 4 auditing and accounting firms where he was a partner in their tax practice for some 30 years.

Although Gavin has a generalist knowledge of all matters taxation, his special interests lie in corporate reorganisations, mergers and acquisitions and particularly in the family business environment. His field of expertise also includes the taxation of trusts and the taxation of high net worth individuals.



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