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Estate disputes and litigation

As clients live longer and, in some circumstances, their mental health fails, disputes over whether the will maker had testamentary capacity to make the will become more common.  We can provide expert advice on potential challenges to wills or defending a will.  We can also provide advice to both executors and potential applicants on family provision applications, where family members do not consider that they have been adequately provided for in a will.

Our firm has also had significant experience in advising both executors and beneficiaries on all matters concerning estate administration where disputes arise.

The Supreme Court of Queensland has appointed our partner, Michael Klatt, as administrator of estates where the Court has removed executors.  We are often asked to be involved in contentious estate matters and assist in bringing these to a conclusion.

Our Wills & Estates team is recognised by Doyle's Guide as a First Tier firm in the category of Leading Wills & Estates Law Firms - Queensland, 2016. In addition, our Partner Michael Klatt is recognised by Doyle's as "Preeminent" in the category of Leading Wills & Estates Litigation Lawyers - Queensland 2015 and again in 2016, and Senior Associate, Chris Herrald, is recognised by Doyles Guide as "Recommended" in the same category. Michael is further recognised as a Best Lawyer for Trusts and Estates, Brisbane, Australia [2017] and Wealth Management / Succession Planning Practice, Brisbane, Australia [2017].

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Michael Klatt

Michael Klatt

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Chris Herrald

Chris Herrald

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Krystal Bellamy

Krystal Bellamy

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