Christine Smyth, Accredited Specialist in Succession Law, Robbins Watson Solicitors, explains the modern innovation of court ordered wills. This podcast provides an overview of the criteria required to satisfy a court for it to order that a will be made for a person lacking testamentary capacity. Being one of a handful of solicitors involved in such applications, Christine provides her insight with practical examples by way of cases, describing the multitude of circumstances of where court ordered wills can be readily obtained.
Partner, Robbins Watson Solicitors
LL.B, Grad Dip LP, Cdec, T.E.P Accredited Specialist Succession Law, Qld
Christine manages the firm’s inheritance law division, representing clients in all matters across multiple jurisdictions. Her career foundations include litigation, commercial law, family law and wills and estate administration, but it was in 2004 that Christine decided to concentrate her practice on succession law.
Throughout her practice and expertise, Christine has been sought by numerous industry bodies to provide advice, guidance and seminar presentations — including Queensland Law Society, Legalwise, TEN and for the Cemeteries and Crematorium Association Queensland and New South Wales branches.
Christine’s most recent appointment is that of co-general editor of the LexisNexis newsletter, Retirement and Estate Planning, a specialist publication providing succession lawyers the latest developments in all matters concerning retirement and estate planning. In her role, Christine drives the content development of the newsletter and acts as a chief participant and thought leader in informing and communicating the latest developments relevant to retirement and estate planning to the legal industry in Australia.
In 2009, the Queensland Law Society (QLS) appointed Christine an accredited specialist in succession law and inheritance law — the highest recognition by her peers of her advanced skills and expertise in succession law. She was also the first lawyer in Australia to be appointed affiliate member of the Australian Funeral Directors Association. In 2008, Christine was appointed an honorary member of the Cemeteries and Crematorium Association (NSW). More recently, Christine earned the title: Queensland Law Society President’s Medal 2013 Nominee.
Christine sits on the QLS Succession Law Committee, and Proctor Committee and is a serving Committee Member for STEP Queensland.
You can follow Christine via her blog: http://www.robbinswatson.com.au/reading_room_detail.cfm?article_id=128&page_id=5&id=49