Kellie is special counsel in our Wills & Estates practice group. Kellie has built her extraordinary expertise in succession law, with a particular focus on estate planning and deceased estate administration.
In her earlier years, Kellie practised across a range of commercial, business and property practice areas which allowed her to build an exceptional foundation for use in complex estate and business succession planning for clients.
She is incredibly passionate about all aspects of her work, particularly in providing genuine support for her clients through what is often a very heartbreaking and confronting time in their lives. Kellie is attentive, compassionate and able to handle difficult details for clients when they can be easily distracted in times of grief. She takes great comfort in having the opportunity to make a difference to her clients by offering them support and providing logical, clear and precise legal advice in such difficult times.
Kellie prides herself on developing meaningful relationships with her clients and her referral networks. She obtains the majority of her work through her client and referral relationships, which is a testament to the invaluable assistance she provides clients and colleagues. She is renowned as one of the most thorough, diligent and compassionate Wills and Estates experts.
With more than 17 years’ experience, Kellie advises on all aspects of estate planning and deceased estate administration, including:
- Probate and Letters of Administration;
- Simple and complex estate planning, including testamentary trusts, self-managed superannuation funds, mutual wills, blended families and international wills;
- Advising executors, trustees and beneficiaries in complex estate and trust administration; and
- Business succession planning, including complex legal and strategic advice.
The estate planning explanations Kellie provides to clients are practical and user-friendly. This leaves clients feeling satisfied that they have a comprehensive and detailed estate plan in place which provides value for money and peace of mind that their affairs will be looked after appropriately.
Kellie is a proud member of STEP (Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners); a global professional association for practitioners who devote themselves to the practice of family inheritance and succession planning. Her membership with STEP provides international recognition as an expert in her field, with proven qualifications and experience.
Kellie’s expertise is acknowledged with her nomination as “Recommended”, Leading Wills, Estates and Succession Lawyers – Queensland, in 2016, 2017 and 2018 in the Doyles Guide.
Areas of Expertise:
Planning and drafting of Wills
General and Enduring Powers of Attorney
Complex estate planning, including succession of family trusts, corporate entities, Self-Managed Superannuation Funds (SMSFs), establishing testamentary discretionary trusts, business succession planning, asset and wealth protection strategies and protective and special trusts for vulnerable beneficiaries
Deceased estate administration, including Grants of Probate and Letters of Administration, for both testate and intestate (i.e. where there is no Will) estates
Superannuation advice, including retail, industry and Self-Managed Superannuation Funds (SMSFs)
Advance Health Directives, end-of-life and advance care planning
Advising attorneys and alternative decision-makers
Representing executors, trustees and beneficiaries (including charitable organisations) in relation to their rights and obligations throughout the deceased estate administration process
Tax issues in Estate Planning
Bachelor of Laws, University of Queensland
Lawyer, admitted to the Supreme Court of Queensland 2005
Member, Queensland Law Society
Member, STEP (Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners)