Melanie-Ann Govindsamy

Wills & Estates Administrator

Melanie, an admitted Attorney, is originally from Cape Town and now lives in Howick with her husband and children. Melanie joined Harvard House’s Estate Administration Department in June 2012.

Melanie previously served her articles at Stowell & Company as a candidate attorney. She started off in the conveyancing department dealing with estates and trust lodgements, estates administration and following up with cases at the Master’s Office. Later she worked in the litigation department where she drafted pleadings, conducted legal research, consulted with clients, drafted briefs for advocates and made Magistrate Court appearances.

As a Junior Estates Administrator at Harvard House, her work involved attending to the full administration process of deceased estates. However, her portfolio has since evolved and Melanie is now responsible for the drafting of Wills and estate planning on behalf of our clients.

To be an effective Wills drafter requires commitment, persistence, the ability to apply theory in practice and a desire to help others. This is not something that can be taught but must come from within. Melanie is passionate, highly empathetic yet objective with an ability to make decisions and present efficient solutions. This, together with her past experience, sees her uniquely placed to attend to our clients’ Will drafting and estate planning needs.

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