Christine Smyth

Christine is a QLS Accredited Specialist (Succession Law) and Principal of – Christine Smyth Estate Lawyers (CSEL). CSEL is a boutique succession and elder law firm specialising in, grants of probate, deceased estate administrations, deceased estate litigation, estate planning, elder law abuse and litigation and funeral law. Christine is also one of only three Supreme Court Estate Account Assessors. That role involves Christine being appointed by the court on request by a beneficiary/executor to conduct independent reviews of estate administrations with a view to making recommendations as to how they can be progressed and/or address irregularities. Christine is the former President of the Queensland Law Society, having held positions on the Queensland Law Society: Executive Committee, Executive Management Committee, Audit and Investment Committee, Inaugural Chair of the Corporate Governance Committee, Symposium planning committees; Board Member of the Specialist Accreditation Board and Succession Law Committee, to name a few. Christine has appeared numerous times before Queensland Parliamentary Committee Hearings advocating for and making submissions on a wide variety of legislative issues. Christine’s current leadership positions include: QLS Senior Counsellor; Deputy Chair of the STEP Mental Capacity Global Special Interest Group, and Executive Member of Law Council of Australia Legal Practice Section, Honorary member of the Cemeteries and Crematoria Association of NSW. Her expertise and excellence in wills and estate law is recognised by her peers with their nomination in Doyles Guide over seven consecutive years as one of Queensland’s leading Wills and Estates Litigation and Planning lawyers. Christine is widely published, a regular columnist on Succession and Elder Law issues for Queensland Law Society Proctor publication; and a regular media commentator.

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