Estate Planning & Trusts

A thorough understanding of the applicable legislation and a working knowledge of the complex processes involved in the administration of deceased estates are key when dealing with both estate and trust related matters. MHI boasts a team of skilled professionals who can assist in the drafting of wills, estate planning, the registration of trusts and the drafting of trust deeds, as well as the administration of deceased estates.

Related services include:

  • Planning and structuring of estates.
  • Drafting a will.
  • Administration of an estate.

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Stefanus Malherbe
Director (Attorney, Notary & Conveyancer)
B.Comm. LLB
“When you are born, you resemble your parents; when you die you resemble your choices” - Unknown

Stefanus Malherbe - a name synonymous with all things property related. With a career spanning 29 years, Stefanus is the go-to consultant of many successful Cape Town based property developers, advising on various legal aspects related thereto, from due diligence, the drafting of commercial agreements and conveyancing.

Since founding MHI in April 1999, Stefanus’ main areas of focus have been conveyancing, construction law, commercial and company related matters and estate planning. He heads a team of professionals and support staff with a combined 50+ years in the industry. Stefanus is also a member of the Western Cape Property Development Forum (WCPDF), where he actively campaigns for the implementation of regulatory changes in the industry in order to make the process more accessible for all stakeholders.

Stefanus gleans his energy from his interactions with people and considers it a privilege to be able to witness firsthand how knowledge can transform their lives. A firm believer in giving back to the community, Stefanus serves on a number of philanthropic boards, aimed at uplifting the most vulnerable in our society.

During downtime, Stefanus enjoys cooking with a glass of wine in hand, surrounded by family and friends. A keen traveler (and petrol head), Stefanus hopes to make more time for these pursuits in the future and even intends to participate in a competitive motor race or two!

Jurgens Tubb
Director (Attorney & Conveyancer)
Dip Marc. (IAH) (1986-1988); B. Proc (1997-2002)
“It is important to socialize with clients, however at the end of the day it is the attorney who gets the job done who is successful”

Jurgens joined the MHI team in 2000, while completing his B. Proc degree and simultaneously serving his articles of clerkship.

After being admitted as an attorney in 2003, Jurgens was promptly appointed as a director of MHI.

Jurgens capitalized on the very successful start to his legal career by quickly becoming a force to be reckoned with in the property market, boasting an impressive client base, ranging from property developers to various investors, entrepreneurs and estate agents.

Always committed to serving his clients, no issue is too small to enjoy Jurgens’ undivided attention. Jurgens remains an active member of the legal fraternity and served as Vice Chairman of the Tygerberg Attorney’s Association, as well as representative of the Wills and Estates Committee until 2014.

At present, Jurgens’ practice covers various areas of law, such as conveyancing, estate administration, trust law, family law and commercial matters.

Jurgens enjoys switching off by going to the gym daily, reading, listening to music and tending to his impressive collection of bonsai trees. He hopes to one day complete the Camino Santiago in France.

Leigh Vencencie
Director (Attorney, Notary & Conveyancer)
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.” Aristotle

After obtaining her LLB degree from the University of Cape Town in 2013, Leigh completed her articles of clerkship and was admitted as an attorney in 2015.

Leigh joined the MHI team in September 2017 to take over the reins of our bond department. In November 2017, she was awarded for achieving the highest mark in the Conveyancing Examination at The Law Society Gala dinner held in East London. Leigh was appointed as director of MHI in March 2018.

Leigh plays a critical role in maintaining MHI’s longstanding record of impeccable service delivery to its clients, ensuring that MHI remains a consistent top performer with all four major financial institutions.

At present, Leigh practices in the areas of conveyancing (with a focus on mortgage bond registrations), as well as estate law. Leigh regards conveyancing as the ideal career path for a working mom and considers her excellent organization skills to be one of her strengths.

Leigh enjoys reading, exploring new places with her family and experimenting with new recipes. With Xhosa having been one of her subjects at university, Leigh plans to brush up on her Xhosa speaking skills.

Michelle Bisschoff
Professional Assistant (Attorney, Notary & Conveyancer)
“Compare yourself to who you were yesterday, not to who someone else is today” – Jordan B. Peterson

Michelle completed her studies part-time, whilst working in the edtech/ digital publishing space, however redirected her career path upon completion of her LLB degree at UNISA in 2013.. She joined the MHI team as a candidate attorney in 2014 and after completing her articles she was admitted as an attorney in 2016.

Michelle practices in a wide range of commercial, family law and conveyancing related matters, including construction disputes, evictions, divorces, contractual disputes, insurance, personal injury and damages claims. Considered a “jack of all trades”, Michelle will be quick to remind you of the full quote: “A jack of all trades is a master of none, but oftentimes better than a master of one.”

Michelle enjoys conducting legal research in order to advise her clients on their specific issues and considers her attention to detail and consistency to be her strengths.

In her spare time, Michelle enjoys reading true crime, listening to podcasts on various topics, going to the beach with her three dogs and would one day like to travel to Scandinavia to see the northern lights.

Martiney Bender
Professional Assistant (Attorney)
B.Comm LLB
“What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” —Jane Goodall

Martiney completed her Bcom Law (2018) and LLB (2020) degrees at the University of the Free State.
In 2021 she obtained her Diploma in Financial Planning. Martiney joined the MHI team in June 2022 and was admitted as an attorney in March 2023.

Martiney uses both the legal and the financial knowledge, acquired during her studies, when assisting clients with drafting of wills, administration of deceased estates, or any fiduciary matters, ensuring that she assists all clients to the best of her ability.
In her line of work she believes it is of vital importance to seize any potential opportunity to learn something new, and to acquire unique skills.

In her leisure time, Martiney enjoys reading, baking, socialising with friends and spending quality time with her family and loved ones. Martiney wishes to broaden her world by travelling and experiencing different places and cultures all over the world.

Genevieve van Niekerk
Candidate Attorney
B.Comm LLB
“If you want something you have never had, you must be willing to do something you have never done.” - Thomas Jefferson

Genevieve completed her BCom Law LLB degrees at the North West University in Potchefstroom in 2021. She was admitted as an attorney in 2024 and aspires to become an outstanding attorney.

Genevieve’s energy and confidence together with her care for people and standing up for what is right no matter the situation will provide for a positive outcome for her clients. Her curiosity and relentless attitude to provide legal assistance to clients allows her to ensure that she acts within the parameters of the law albeit providing a solution to the legal problem faced with by clients.

In her free time, Genevieve enjoys running, going to the gym, and reading or watching crime documentaries. She has a great love for animals and nature itself.