Prof Willem Van Der Westhuizen
Private Law
IB 79

Short CV


B Iuris (Potch now NWU) LLB (UNISA)

Certificate in Tax Law (UNISA)

Experience Summary

Prof Willie van der Westhuizen heads the Trust Law and Estate Planning Department of the firm`s George and Cape Town offices, and specialises in Trust Law, Holistic Estate Planning and related topics. His practice consists of advising clients (including practitioners) on the creation, variation, analysis and terminating of various kinds of trusts and how it should form part of a holistic estate plan including business protection and family relationship plans. Willie also travels substantially every year and presents talks on Trusts and Estate Planning at various centres around the country. Prior to joining Millers Incorporated in 1992, he was legal advisor to Johannesburg City Council, practised as an attorney and was involved with an estate planning bureau at Potchefstroom University, before becoming professor in Mercantile Law and Dean of the law faculty of the University of the North (now Limpopo). He currently serves as an extraordinary professor in Private Law at the Free State University. Prof van der Westhuizen 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. He is also co-author of “Wills & Trusts”, a leading publication on the law of trusts and wills in South Africa. He serves on the Law Society of South Africa`s standing committee on estates and trusts and is chairman of the Law Society of South Africa`s ad hoc committee on multi-disciplinary practises.

Area(s) of Interest


Inaugural lecture as Professor Extraordinary presented on WEDNESDAY 10 OCTOBER 2001:


Willie van der Westhuizen was born in Zeerust where he also matriculated. He obtained the B.Juris degree from the Potchefstroom University for Christian Higher Education, where he was also a member of the Student Representative Council. He obtained the LL.B. degree with distinction in Insurance Law and the Certificate in Tax Law from UNISA. He passed his doctoral oral examination with distinction at PU for CHE and is currently busy with his thesis.

After a period of employment as Public Prosecutor in Klerksdorp and as Legal Adviser in the Johannesburg City Council, he registered as Candidate Attorney with the Deputy State Attorney. He was admitted as an attorney in 1977 and practised as such at Vereeniging and Rustenburg. He subsequently joined the Department of Development at PU for CHE where, in 1981, he was promoted to Deputy Director of the Bureau for Estate Planning. In 1986 he was appointed as Professor and Head of the Department of Mercantile Law at the University of the North and was elected Dean of the Faculty of Law at the same University in 1992. From October 1992, he became a Director of Millers Incorporated, a firm of attorneys in George, where he is currently practising as an attorney.

He is co-author of a book and has written more than a hundred articles on tax law, insurance law, trust law, law of estates, family law and estate planning. He is a member of the International Bar Association, serves on the Standing Committee on Tax Matters of the Law Society of South Africa and was part of a project committee of the South African Law Commission researching trust law in South Africa.

He is married to Elra Terblanche and the couple has two children.


Trust Law

Holistic Estate Planning

Related Tax Law and other topics including business planning



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F: + 27 51 401 3043


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