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Successful succession: An international will or a will in each jurisdiction?


The regime of international wills appears new and exciting, but on closer examination, it can raise more issues than it resolves. Careful consideration should be given to advising willmakers to continue to have a local will in each foreign jurisdiction where there are assets.

Author profiles

Katerina Peiros ATI
Katerina practises exclusively in all aspects of estate planning, succession law and trusts, and is accredited as a specialist in these fields by the Law Institute of Victoria. She is the principal of Hartwell Legal, a Melbourne-based boutique practice. Katerina has written widely on all aspects of estate planning, wills, powers of attorney, trusts, deceased estates and related disputes. Katerina has also been the general editor of the LexisNexis Retirement & Estate Planning Bulletin, driving content and leading the communication of the latest developments in succession law to the legal industry in Australia. Katerina is a member of the worldwide specialist Society of Trusts and Estate Practitioners and a committee member of the Victorian Succession Law Committee. - Current at 23 October 2019
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Christine Smyth
Christine is a partner with Robbins Watson Solicitors Gold Coast, practising exclusively in inheritance and elder law as a Queensland Law Society Accredited Specialist Succession Law. Christine's committee work includes her role as the chair of Queensland Law Society's Governance committee, as well as sitting on Queensland Law Society's Succession Law and Proctor committees, Women Lawyers Association of Queensland, STEP (Qld), and Gold Coast DLA. She is a highly regarded succession law expert, publishing regular Proctor articles, and presenter at conferences for Queensland Law Society and other industry bodies. From 2010 to 2014, Christine held positions on the editorial panel of the LexisNexis Retirement & Estate Planning Bulletin, vacating her position of co-general editor in 2014. In 2013, LexisNexis recognised Christine as one of their Top 10 Influential Women. Christine's leadership has seen her nominated for the Queensland Law Society President's Medal and WLAQ's Woman Lawyer of the Year. She believes professionalism hinges on integrity and collegiality, mentoring lawyers through Queensland Law Society, QUT and WLAQ. - Current at 15 February 2018
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