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Successful succession: Clients, capacity and court proceedings

Published on 01 Mar 15 by "TAXATION IN AUSTRALIA" JOURNAL ARTICLE

Disputed wills, elderly clients and court proceedings. Does your client have sufficient capacity to engage in litigation? If not, you have a duty to bring it to the attention of the court.

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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 24 July 2017
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Christine Smyth ATI
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 13 October 2016
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