Joanne is an accredited specialist in Wills and Estates with extensive experience in all facets of Wills and Estates from her 25 years in the legal industry.

Joanne assists her clients on a diverse range of issues including estate litigation, complex Wills, estate administration, Powers of Attorney, VCAT, Wrongful Death Claims, Superannuation, Estate Law and Trusts.

“I am passionate about helping people, in a caring manner, through what is often a difficult time in their life.”

Significant matters

Application for an urgent Grant of Representation to enable a horse racing and breeding enterprise conducted in Victoria, New South Wales, America and France to be liquidated to stem high running costs, avoid potentially insolvent trading and to deal with future of horses.

Represented child regarding her mother’s Will – A mother of an only child left her entire estate to a taxi driver. Will was drawn in suspicious circumstances (undue influence) and the mental capacity of the mother was an issue. Result saw the child’s entitlement go from 0 per cent to 95 per cent.

Complex Estate planning for a large property developer with three failed marriages (children of each and estranged ex-wives) and complex asset structure (28 trusts, 4 self-managed super funds, 8 joint ventures, 3 franchises and 23 companies). Planning involved restructuring advice and implementation, Deeds of Variation, testamentary trust Will, Binding Death Benefit Nominations, Powers of Attorney and Memorandum of Wishes.

Poorly constructed Will – Issues involved gifts of land parcels by names rather than by specific description and reference to a charitable beneficiary where there was no charity known by that name. Litigation ensued regarding which parcel of land belonged to whom and what precise charity was intended to benefit. Application on behalf of Executors to the Supreme Court for judicial guidance regarding the land and a cy pres application regarding the charity.

Bachelor of Laws (Honours), Deakin University

Bachelor of Business (Business Law and IT), Swinburne University

Accredited Specialist in Wills and Estates, Law Institute of Victoria

Australian Legal Practitioner

Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives (Victoria)

Member, Law Institute of Victoria

Member, Wills and Estates Advisory Committee, Law Institute of Victoria

Member, Eastern Suburbs Law Society

Member, Golden Key International Honour Society

Past Treasurer and Secretary, Institute of Legal Executives (Victoria)

  • All facets of Wills and Estates
  • All forms of Grants of Representation
  • Advising Executors and Trustees
  • Executor’s commission
  • Estate administration
  • Intestacy
  • Testator’s Family Maintenance proceedings
  • Caveat proceedings
  • Wills; simple, testamentary trusts, special disability trusts, statutory, rectification, international
  • Powers of Attorney
  • VCAT proceedings
  • VOCAT proceedings
  • Guardianship
  • Trusts; charitable, constructive, discretionary, protective, resulting, special disability, religious
  • Superannuation
  • Body and burial
  • Funds in Court
  • Forfeiture
  • Judicial guidance
  • Infant compromises
  • Compelling Executor to prove, renounce or produce Will

related contacts

James Dimond VIC
Kate Ettershank VIC
Suzanne Hallas-Gleeson NSW
Brendan Herbert VIC
Warren Smith NSW