Dirk-Jan Maasland has worked as a deputy civil law notary since 2004. He focuses on consultancy with regard to (international) estate and succession planning and the handling of complex estates. He has a degree in both private and tax law. He passed the notarial professional training and the Grotius specialisation course on estate planning with distinction and is a member of the editorial staff of a specialist Dutch journal on inheritance law. He is the author of various publications in the field of inheritance law and estate planning, and is a guest lecturer at the Erasmus School of Law in Rotterdam. He is also a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners.