Project Description

About Michele

Michele is the Head of Succession & Elder Law practice group at Wilson Lawyers.

Michele is an expert in succession and elder law and one of the most passionate, empathetic and enthusiastic lawyers you will find.  Michele is a self-confessed succession nerd and is very active in the succession and elder law industry helping her maintain her knowledge and a healthy appreciation for the modern complexities of both areas of practice.

Michele has devoted her practice almost exclusively to succession and elder law and has gained extensive experience in multiple jurisdictions including Queensland, New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory. Michele shares her passion of all things succession and elder law by writing and publishing updates of cases and articles from around the country that deal with all aspects of wills, estates, retirement villages and aged care and is regularly invited to speak at industry conferences and community engagements.

Known for her technical expertise, patience and compassion, Michele is sought out by clients and colleagues who seek advice delivered in a clear and pragmatic fashion.  Michele can assist with all matter types; no matter how simple and procedural or complex and unique.

Michele is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) which is a world-wide professional association for practitioners dealing with family inheritance and succession planning.  STEP members are subject to a Code of Professional Conduct to act with integrity and in a manner that inspires confidence, respect and trust of their clients and of the wider community and are widely recognized as specialist professionals in the trusts and estates industries.

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

  • 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

  • Retirement villages, Aged Care accommodation, Manufactured homes

  • Elder law

  • Granny flats and family agreements, family disputes and mediation

  • Deceased estate administration, including Grants of Probate and Letters of Administration, for both testate and intestate (i.e. where there is no Will) estates

  • Estate disputes, including family provision claims, interpretation and rectification of Wills, statutory Wills (Court-made Wills), contested Probate applications and advising

  • Representing executors, trustees and beneficiaries (including charitable organisations) in relation to their rights and obligations throughout the deceased estate administration process

Qualifications:

Masters of Applied Law (Wills & Estates), College of Law 2015
Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice, College of Law 2010
Bachelor of Laws, Queensland University of Technology 2009

Admissions:

Lawyer, admitted to High Court of Australia 2015
Lawyer, admitted to Supreme Court of Queensland 2011

Memberships:

Full Member, Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners
Committee Member, Queensland Law Society’s Succession Law Committee
Member, Women Lawyers’ Association of Queensland
Member, Queensland Law Society
Founding President, Logan & Scenic Rim Law Association

Very professional support. Excellent explanations provided so that we understood the nuances of the legal “speak”.

(Wills and Estate Planning)

Suzanne

Fast and efficient replies to emails. Everything explained clearly. Plenty of time to digest information. Made to feel at ease with friendly personal interaction.

I highly recommend Wilson Lawyers.  They were very professional and efficient handling by Will.  Nothing was too much trouble for them.  They explained clearly any detail I wasn’t sure of.  I cannot speak highly enough of them.

(Wills & Estate Planning)

June

We are so glad we used Wilson Lawyers to organise our wills.  Every step of the process explained clearly for us to understand, nothing was too much trouble for Michele. Thank you.

(Wills & Estate Planning)

Robert & Stephen