Inheritance law – estate planning – structuring, trusts and superannuation, wills, estate administration, will disputes, trust law Litigation, powers of attorney and substituted decision making for vulnerable people and claims for compensation – is one of the most challenging and risk-prone areas for families seeking to address their estate law concerns.

Speak to the Gold Coast Inheritance Lawyers who work for you

Our team of expert estate lawyers is led by one of a handful of inheritance law specialists in Queensland. Christine Smyth is a Queensland Law Society (QLS) Accredited Specialist in Succession Law. No other Gold Coast law firm has anyone more highly recognised by their peers in this specialist field. From the drawing of a simple will, advising as to your estate planning needs, to assisting you to resolve complex will disputes, our team of highly qualified and experienced Gold Coast estate lawyers are experts in addressing all of your inheritance law needs. Robbins Watson Solicitors are here to help, providing peace of mind through a comprehensive Inheritance Law service.

Professional Expert Will Dispute Lawyers on the Gold Coast

The decline and loss of a loved one is highly emotional and challenging time for families. Decisions about your estate planning requirements wills, powers of attorney and your estate are complex. Modern inheritance law creates a demanding legal environment in which you must make decisions. Duties and rights abound. Even in the closest families, uncertainties, fears, and the emotions of the moment produce a difficult environment for everyone. Robbins Watson’s Inheritance Law Division have the expertise to guide and advise you.

The legal system creates a variety of circumstances where many people have rights in your estate. They range from claims in trust law to, inadequate provision, compensation under powers of attorney legislation and to claims by creditors. During the administration a beneficiary might complain as to the manner in which the estate is administered, or raise claims about disposal of assets prior to death, or raise claims as to the conduct of an attorney prior to the death. These are but some issues impacting upon the estate giving rise to will disputes.

Once the intricacies of a will dispute have been resolved, there is still the process of selling and/or transferring assets to the rightful beneficiaries, a process which in itself can be challenging. Our team of Gold Coast estate lawyers has the expertise to guide you through these complex inheritance laws.

Call our Queensland Law Society Accredited Specialist Succession Lawyer, Christine Smyth for comprehensive, practical, and friendly assistance!

Inheritance Law Areas of Practice

Expertise across multiple jurisdictions in:-

Deceased Estates
  • Probate; Letters of Administration; Reseals; Caveats
  • Administration - small to multi million dollar estates and testamentary discretionary trusts
  • Instigating and defending estate litigation court work/disputes
Estate/Will Challenges
  • Family Provision Applications; Construction & Rectification Applications; Applications for removal of executors/administrators; estate accounting
  • Trust related disputes - interpretation; enforcement
  • Equitable Claims - constructive/resulting trusts; undue influence/unconscionable conduct; restitution; unjust enrichment; accounting
  • Superannuation claims
  • QCAT proceedings in relation to powers of attorney and incapacity
  • Ademption & compensation

Estate Planning

  • Wills, including testamentary trusts; complex drafting & Statutory Wills for incapacitated testators
  • Powers of attorney - general & enduring with specialist provisions
  • Blended families and family law issues
  • Superannuation nominations
  • Strategies to reduce risk of challenges to Wills/Estates
  • Facilitating planning conferences to negotiate succession
  • Structuring of estates, SMSFs and trusts to achieve desired succession outcomes

Business Succession

Preparation of Buy/Sell, shareholder and unitholder agreements

  • Advising on various issues, including trigger events, terms, etc.

Self Managed Superannuation Funds

Establishment of self managed superfunds

Death benefit nominations

  • Death benefit strategies-Fund management on death or incapacity of trustee
  • Dealing with lost deeds and trust deed disputes
  • Dealing with Superannuation Complaints Tribunal and Financial Ombudsman Service disputes


Establishment of new trusts (discretionary, unit, etc)

  • Amendment of deeds
  • Lost trust deeds
  • Trust disputes
  • Succession planning following incapacity or death of key persons
  • Asset protection

Get the facts. Get Help. Call our team.

Andrew Smyth

Andrew Smyth

Commercial Law Court Work & Litigation Family & De Facto Law Wills and Estates
With 30 years’ experience working in and managing business, Andrew Smyth is sought after by industry and commerce for his specialist knowledge in structuring, regulatory compliance…
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Sean Powell

Sean Powell

Court Work & Litigation Wills and Estates
Sean specialises in estate disputes, estate administration and estate planning, with a particular emphasis on contested wills. In line with his Succession Law focus, he has…
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Chris Kohler

Chris Kohler

Court Work & Litigation Wills and Estates
Chris is a senior litigation solicitor, specialising in resolving commercial disputes and deceased estate disputes. His 30 years of experience in litigation have seen him resolve…
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Nathan Rutherford

Nathan Rutherford

Wills and Estates
After graduating in 2016 with a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and a Bachelor of Fine Arts (with distinction) and being admitted as a solicitor in the…
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Allison Kelly

Allison Kelly

Wills and Estates
Intrigued by law and justice in Australia, Allison pursued a path in the legal profession through rigorous studies during 2012 to 2018 and achieved both a Bachelor…
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Isabella Phillips

Isabella Phillips

Court Work & Litigation Family & De Facto Law Wills and Estates
Bell is a solicitor in our Succession & Litigation team and has taken to specialising in estate litigation. Bell graduated from Bond University with a double degree in…
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