Live Webinar: Construction of Wills: A Practical Primer for Succession Lawyers


Date:  Thursday 9th May 2019 – Online: 
Vic, NSW, Qld, ACT, Tas: 3pm to 4.30pm  
SA & NT 2.30pm to 4pm 
WA 1pm to 2.30pm

Construction of wills cases are a significant part of a succession lawyer’s practice. This practical session assumes you know the basics, and instead focuses on case study examples on how common law will construction rules apply in practice. It covers: 

  • Common law will construction rules – the tricky bits explained

  • How has this position been modified by statute?

  • Case studies:

    • Advancement to a real or potential beneficiary in a will

    • Avoiding ademption

    • Life interests v rights to reside

    • Joint tenants v tenants in common

  • Construction of will disputes – early effective resolution options

  • Ambiguous wills – when do you need to bring construction proceedings and when can you simply make a call on it?

  • Possible cost consequences of unnecessary applications

  • Recent construction cases

Our presenter

Caite Brewer, Barrister and Accredited Specialist (Succession), Brisbane

Caite has practised for nearly 25 years as both a barrister and a solicitor – more than 13 years exclusively in estate and trust litigation.

Caite has consistently been named one of Queensland’s ‘preeminent’ junior counsel in Estate Litigation in Doyle’s list since its inception in 2015. She is proudly also named one of the “preeminent” junior counsel in the whole of Australia in the National Doyle’s rankings in 2017 and 2018.

She is 1 of only 4 Queensland Law Society (QLS) accredited specialists in succession law at the Queensland Bar and was the highest achiever in her graduating year.

She is a member of Hemmant’s List and a regular presenter at seminars on wills, estates and trust law issues.

Her particular interests are in contentious probate matters, will construction and rectification cases informal will applications and superannuation disputes.


This webinar is suitable for succession lawyers – Australia wide. This webinar is for practitioners with some knowledge in this area and looking to improve their knowledge.


Live webinar delegates will receive a CPD certificate for attendance at this webinar.  Lawyers can claim up to 2 CPD units/points – substantive law.  This webinar has been designed to run for 2 hours, however, webinar lengths can vary depending on the level of questions and discussion, and the minimum length of the webinar is 1.5 hour.

If you need assistance or have an enquiry, please do not hesitate to contact our Webinar Coordinator, Lisa Tran on (03) 8601 7709 or email:

Attending a TEN webinar couldn’t be easier. Basically it’s just like attending a seminar except that you don’t have to leave the comfort of your office or home. You just need to be available at the appointed date and time with your computer and internet connection.

Once you’ve registered for the webinar, we send you a link so that you can login to the webinar from your computer. The speaker delivers the session from their computer in real time. Just like a live seminar, you can ask questions of the speaker. You simply type your question into the question box and the speaker responds to it during question time.
At the end of the webinar session we send you a certificate to confirm your attendance and the number of CPD hours you earned.

You will need a computer with sound, an internet connection and earphones if you need to participate in the webinar in an open office environment (so you don’t disrupt those around you).

Product Code: RBEMAY19
 Price:   $264.00 (Inclusive of GST)
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