Ninth Annual Wills and Estates Conference
Thursday 23 and Friday 24 August 2018
Palazzo Versace, Gold Coast
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Succession lawyers have the challenging task of grappling with client demands for certainty and control with difficult family dynamics, complicated asset structures and tax considerations. The 9th annual wills and estates conference will address this challenge, along with other key issues which have dominated the succession law landscape in the last twelve months, including family provision claims, assessing testamentary capacity and guardianship reforms.

Thursday 23 August 2018

Drafting and Constructing Wills

  • The Testing Issue of Testamentary Capacity Under the Spotlight
  • Preparing Wills with Precision: The Drafting Toolkit for Succession Lawyers
  • Relationship Changes, Defining Spouses, and the Effect on Wills, EPOAs and BDBNs
  • Professional Negligence, Will Preparation and Estate Administration: Bullet Proofing Your Practice

Carving Up the Estate

  • Gifts and Family Loans Under a Will
  • Family Trusts, Company Loans and Unpaid Present Entitlements: How and When to Tidy Them Up
  • The Long Arm of the NSW Notional Estate Rules: Why Lawyers in all States Need to Understand Them

Friday 24 August 2018

Abuse and Authority Issues

  • Enduring Powers of Attorney – Abuse, Authority and Ademption Headaches
  • Guardianship, Financial Orders and Defending the Defenceless
  • Protecting Your Back with Beddoe and Benjamin Orders

Wills and Estates Litigation

  • The Battle Lines Are Drawn in Family Provision Claims
  • Equitable Remedies and Estate Litigation

Andrew Verspaandonk, Barrister, Victorian Bar, Melbourne

Richard Williams, Barrister-at-Law, TEP, Queensland Bar, Brisbane

Angela Cornford-Scott, Director, Cornford-Scott Lawyers, Brisbane

Jennifer McMillan, Legal Practice Consultant, Lawcover, Sydney

Ursula Stanisich, Barrister, Victorian Bar, Melbourne

Craig Spink, Principal, Spink Legal, Brisbane

Lindsay Ellison SC, Wardell Chambers, Sydney

Scott Whitla, Partner, McCullough Robertson Lawyers, Brisbane

Teri Konstantinou, Barrister, Victorian Bar, Melbourne

Christine Smyth, Partner, Robbins Watson Solicitors, Brisbane

Margaret Pringle, Barrister, Chalfont Chambers, Sydney

John Armfield, Barrister, Second Floor Wentworth Chambers, Sydney

Justin Rizzi, Barrister, Victorian Bar, Melbourne


The delegate survey result for overall satisfaction with last year’s conference was a record 4.9 out of 5.  Our speakers scored an average of 4.7 out of 5 on presentation and relevance, and 4.8 out of 5 for content, an absolutely outstanding result. 

Comments from some of the delegates at last year’s conference

  • Excellent presenters. Great location, facilities and food! Material very relevant to my wills & estates practice.
  • Quality speakers. Excellent topics. Fabulous Venue. Great Organisers.
  • As usual, the speakers were excellent and the materials have high practical value.
  • Professionally run with no hiccups. Great speakers, great topic.
  • I’ve been to a few conferences and this one has been the most informative.
  • Well prepared papers presented by highly qualified speakers.
If you need assistance or have an enquiry, please do not hesitate to contact our Conference Coordinator, Jenna Pickrell on (03) 96702055 or email:
Product Code: GDEAUG18
 Price:   $2,035.00 (Inclusive of GST)
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