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            Private Wealth

            DWF has a team of specialised Private Wealth lawyers advising on wills and estate planning, succession planning, deceased estates, estate administration and litigation and family law. 

            We deliver specialist guidance across all Private Wealth areas. Our clients trust us to understand the complexities relevant to them, drawing together a holistic solution that gets the required results. Our lawyers take the time to understand your personal circumstances and family dynamics. We strive to give you and your family, certainty and peace of mind, in a calm and professional environment. 

            Clients and other professionals tell us that we stand out for our commitment to listening, advising and acting in a way that goes beyond just legal advice. Our commercial approach combines deep expertise, delivered by people with relevant experience. We get straight to the heart of the problem, presenting practical, long-lasting solutions.

            Our estate planning lawyers will work closely with your accountant or financial adviser to ensure your Will properly reflects your greater estate and succession planning requirements. 

            • Wills (simple or complex structures)
            • Powers of Attorney
            • Appointments of Enduring Guardian 
            • Testamentary Trusts
            • Business Succession Plans
            • Superannuation Proceeds Trusts, Minor Trusts and Special Disability Trusts
            • Establishing charitable foundations 
            • Specific charitable bequests
            • Understanding your business or company structures to ensure continuity of your business or company
            • Guardianship Tribunal issues
            • Advising on Power of Attorney and Elders Guardianship effect and obligations

            • Applications for grants of probate, letters of administration and resealing of foreign grants
            • Rectifying and contesting wills
            • Advising on applications for statutory wills
            • Acting for plaintiffs and defendants in contested family provision claims
            • Advising, initiating claims and appearing in cases of testamentary capacity and undue influence
            • Informal wills
            • Advising charitable institutions with regard to their legacies, balancing competing beneficial and family provision claims
            • Advising on the transition from executor to trustee and advising on long term trust estates
            • Advising on matters relating to breach of fiduciary duty in relation to powers of attorney
            • Advising on Power of Attorney and Elders Guardianship effect and obligations

            Our experienced family lawyers expertly guide our clients through the process of separation from a spouse, including finalising property settlements and parenting arrangements for children.

            We understand the impact that separation can have on families and take a practical approach to resolving matters efficiently, sensitively and with the utmost care and skill.

            • Preparation of Consent Orders
            • Drafting Binding Financial Agreements and Binding Child Support Agreements 
            • Assisting clients to resolve parenting and property disputes in private mediation 
            • Acting for parties in complex property and parenting disputes in the Family and Federal Circuit Courts
            • Drafting Parenting Plans
            • Divorce Applications 

            Mark Hickey

            • Chairman (Asia Pacific)

            David Reid

            • Principal Lawyer

            Lee-Anne Dimmock

            • Supervising Lawyer

            Peter Owens

            • Senior Consultant

            Craig Doyle

            • Senior Consultant

            Brian Blakemore

            • Senior Consultant

            Anna Shelly

            • Senior Associate

            Kate Horton

            • Senior Associate

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