Gretchen  Barkhuizen-Barbosa

Gretchen Barkhuizen-Barbosa


Gretchen Barkhuizen-Barbosa is a Director in our Trusts & Estates practice. She specialises in the field of estate administration and trusts. Gretchen has extensive experience in the administration of South African and foreign deceased estates, drafting and reviewing of wills and the establishment, registration and administration of trusts.

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Gretchen began her career in 2009 as a Candidate Attorney at Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr. She was appointed as an Associate in 2011 and promoted to Senior Associate in 2013. Gretchen was promoted to Director in 2016.

Gretchen's experience includes personal estate planning and advising on related tax consequences, the registration of public benefit organisations and non-profit organisations. In addition, she also has experience in the drafting of antenuptial contracts, the legal authentication of documents and the Notarial protesting of bills of exchange.

Grethen also has experience in:

  • Administration of both South African and foreign deceased estates.
  • Resealing of foreign grants of probate.
  • Drafting and reviewing of wills and trust deeds.
  • Registration and termination of testamentary and inter vivo trusts.
  • Establishment and registration of public benefit organisations.
  • Estate planning.
  • Advising on tax consequences relating to succession planning.
  • Drafting of antenuptial contracts.
  • Legal authentication of documents.
  • Assisting with the institution of claims against deceased estate and the filing of objections against Liquidation and Distribution Accounts.
  • Notarial protesting of bills of exchange.


  • BCom (law) cum laude, LLB cum laude, LLM (corporate law) cum laude, University of the Free State
  • Year of admission as an attorney: 2010
  • Year of admission as a notary public: 2011
  • Enrolled with the Legal Practice Council