Trust Office

We understand the complexity of the modern trust and company landscape and our dedicated Trust Office team is geared to help you as trustee or director with the wide variety of legal, administrative and compliance support services your trust or company requires. 

Our Trust Office has equipped itself to assist trust and company clients to comply with the new Anti-money Laundering Legislation (AML) and the extensive reporting obligations that now apply to trust and companies. 

Our Services

 

Tailored services:

 
     Trustees:
  • Acting as independent trustee on client trusts
  • Trust management and maintenance
  • AML beneficial ownership reporting for trusts to the Master of the High Court
  • AML beneficial ownership maintenance for trusts

  • Companies:
  • Company secretarial support
  • AML beneficial ownership reporting for companies to the CIPC
 

Related services:

 
  • Basic estate planning
  • Integrated estate planning, including offshore estate planning and structuring
  • Tax advice
  • Trust and company accounting and taxation
  • Corporate structuring
  • Deceased estate administration


To arrange a free consultation regarding any of our services, you can contact:



Our Trust Office forms part of PH Fiduciary and works closely with our fiduciary specialists when it comes to integrated estate planning, tax and accounting services in respect of your estate trusts and companies as well as our deceased estates division when it comes to administering testamentary trusts. This all helps to ensure a comprehensive and encompassing service to our clients in respect of all aspects of their fiduciary and estate planning needs.

For more information visit our Estate Planning and Fiduciary Services pages.

Our Trust Office professionals work closely with and are personal advisors to our clients. Our relationships are long-term and based on trust, service excellence and responsiveness. All values we feel clients are entitled to expect and which we strive to deliver.

Let us help you find the peace of mind that comes with expert administration and compliance support!

Make an appointment with us today

Trust Office Team

Trust Office Team

Dr Candice Reynders

Director

Candice is a Director in our Commercial Practice Group, focusing on providing corporate, commercial, business and tax-related services to clients.

Bloemfontein
candice@phinc.co.za
+27 51 400 4108
+27 51 400 4161
+27 73 141 9155

Johnny Davis

Director

Johnny is a Director in the Commercial Practice Group at the firm's Sandton branch, where he focuses on providing corporate,... commercial, business, taxation and estate planning related services to clients. He is also experienced in legal matters pertaining to trusts, wills and the administration of estates.

Sandton
johnny@phinc.co.za
+27 11 217 4810
+27 71 605 5076

Elani van Coller

Trust Officer

Elani is a Trust Officer in the Trust Office of PH Fiduciary where she is responsible for providing trust administration... and compliance services on behalf of trust and corporate clients. As a Trust Officer, Elani works side-by-side with client trusts and their trustees, advisors and accountants to ensure their trusts are administered correctly and compliantly

Bloemfontein
elani@phinc.co.za
+27 51 400 4019
+27 82 052 3577

Zandré Van der Merwe

Trust Assistant

Zandré is a Trust Assistant in the Trust Office of PH Fiduciary. Zandré works closely with our Trust Officers and legal... advisors when providing vital administrative support to clients in respect of their trusts and companies.

Bloemfontein
zandre@phinc.co.za
+27 51 400 4176
+27 51 400 4141
+27 79 255 6008

André van Niekerk

Associate

Andre is an Associate in the Commercial Practice Group. Andre assists clients with commercial transactions and structuring, commercial contracting, estate... planning, fiduciary matters, registration of trusts, and data protection related services.

Bloemfontein
andren@phinc.co.za
+27 51 400 4027
+27 51 400 4161
+27 72 049 8825

Hadiyo Mathoka

Candidate Legal Practitioner

Hadiyo Mathoka is a Candidate Legal Practitioner in the Commercial department. She is committed to satisfying her client’s needs courageously... and to maintaining a good level of communication.

Bloemfontein
hadiyo@phinc.co.za
+27 51 400 4070
+27 60 505 2795

Dr Candice Reynders

Director

Candice is a Director in our Commercial Practice Group, focusing on providing corporate, commercial, business and tax-related services to clients.

Bloemfontein
candice@phinc.co.za
+27 51 400 4108
+27 51 400 4161
+27 73 141 9155

Johnny Davis

Director

Johnny is a Director in the Commercial Practice Group at the firm's Sandton branch, where he focuses on providing corporate,... commercial, business, taxation and estate planning related services to clients. He is also experienced in legal matters pertaining to trusts, wills and the administration of estates.

Sandton
johnny@phinc.co.za
+27 11 217 4810
+27 71 605 5076

Elani van Coller

Trust Officer

Elani is a Trust Officer in the Trust Office of PH Fiduciary where she is responsible for providing trust administration... and compliance services on behalf of trust and corporate clients. As a Trust Officer, Elani works side-by-side with client trusts and their trustees, advisors and accountants to ensure their trusts are administered correctly and compliantly

Bloemfontein
elani@phinc.co.za
+27 51 400 4019
+27 82 052 3577

Zandré Van der Merwe

Trust Assistant

Zandré is a Trust Assistant in the Trust Office of PH Fiduciary. Zandré works closely with our Trust Officers and legal... advisors when providing vital administrative support to clients in respect of their trusts and companies.

Bloemfontein
zandre@phinc.co.za
+27 51 400 4176
+27 51 400 4141
+27 79 255 6008

André van Niekerk

Associate

Andre is an Associate in the Commercial Practice Group. Andre assists clients with commercial transactions and structuring, commercial contracting, estate... planning, fiduciary matters, registration of trusts, and data protection related services.

Bloemfontein
andren@phinc.co.za
+27 51 400 4027
+27 51 400 4161
+27 72 049 8825

Hadiyo Mathoka

Candidate Legal Practitioner

Hadiyo Mathoka is a Candidate Legal Practitioner in the Commercial department. She is committed to satisfying her client’s needs courageously... and to maintaining a good level of communication.

Bloemfontein
hadiyo@phinc.co.za
+27 51 400 4070
+27 60 505 2795

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In this article, we provide an important update to trustees and company directors on the latest developments in respect of... the newly introduced beneficial ownership reporting for trusts and companies as introduced by the General Laws (Anti-Money Laundering and Combating Terrorism Financing) Amendment Act 22 of 2022 (“Amendment Act”) which came into full effect on 1 April 2023 and affects all trusts and companies in South Africa.

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READ MORE
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READ MORE
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New registration requirements for non-profit organisations

13 June 2023,  Hadiyo Mathoka

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READ MORE
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Surprisingly, many companies remain blissfully unaware of the new company reporting requirements introduced by the General Laws (Anti-Money Laundering and... Combatting Terrorism Financing) Amendment Act 22 of 2022 (“Amendment Act”). The Amendment Act introduces changes to the company environment (effective 1 April 2023) which will have an administrative impact on South African companies. In this article we delve into the ‘what’ and ‘when’ of these new reporting requirements.

READ MORE
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Why trustees must now also record the accountable institutions they engage with

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With the passing of the General Laws (Anti-Money Laundering and Combatting Terrorism Financing) Amendment Act 22 of 2022 (“Amendment Act”)... late in December 2022, a number of critical amendments were introduced to the Trust Property Control Act 57 of 1988 (“Trust Act”), including amongst others the responsibility by trustees to record details about the Accountable Institutions they engage with in their capacity as trustee. In this article, we look a little deeper at this requirement and what it will mean in practice for trustees.

READ MORE
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Trustees take note! How to record your beneficial ownership structure

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In a previous article we unpacked the introduction and meaning of the new ‘beneficial owner’ definition introduced into the law... of trusts by the General Laws (Anti-Money Laundering and Combatting Terrorism Financing) Amendment Act 22 of 2022 (“Amendment Act”). With these changes being effective as of 1 April 2023, trustees should be awake to the proposed process for recording and submitting your trust’s beneficial ownership information to the Master of the High Court. 

READ MORE
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New Beneficial Ownership rules for companies and trusts

14 April 2023,  Luhann Prinsloo

With the new General Laws (Anti-money Laundering and Combatting of Terrorism Financing) Amendment Act 22 of 2022 (“Amendment Act”) having... come into operation on 1 April 2023, a new definition of ‘beneficial ownership’ has been formally introduced in a number of key laws affecting all trusts and companies. In this article we delve a bit deeper into this new concept.

READ MORE
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Article

Trustees MUST now report their status! Find out why

30 March 2023,  André van NiekerkJohnny DavisMark le Riche

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READ MORE
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