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Senior Associate
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Natalie SilvesterSenior Associate

Overview

Natalie is a Senior Associate in our Wills & Estates team and specialises in estate planning, administration and litigation.

She has been recognised by the Queensland Law Society as an Accredited Specialist in Succession Law and has completed a Master of Laws (Applied Law) majoring in Wills & Estates.

With a particular interest in complex estate litigation including solemn form probate disputes, family provision claims and statutory wills, Natalie enjoys the complexities involved in navigating her clients through their difficult journeys that often arise when a loved one passes away or loses capacity, particularly given that estate matters are becoming more litigious and more challenging.

Prior to her admission as a solicitor in 2012, Natalie worked in a number of legal support roles and has been in the legal industry since 2000. Natalie believes it is her love for continuing her education and keeping abreast of the changes of the law in this area and her outgoing personality traits that have immensely assisted her in advising and assisting her clients. She is a full member (TEP) of STEP (the Society of Trusts and Estates Practitioners), a worldwide organisation that guides professional conduct and supports best practice and has recently become a Committee Member of STEP Qld, to allow her to assist in the furtherance of education with her colleagues.

Qualifications

  • Accredited Specialist in Succession Law (Qld), 2019
  • Master of Laws (Applied Law) majoring in Wills & Estates, The College of Law, 2019
  • Admitted to the High Court of Australia in 2013
  • Admitted as a Solicitor (Queensland) in 2012
  • Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, The Australian National University, 2012
  • Bachelor of Laws, Southern Cross University, 2012

 Recognition

  • Accredited Specialist in Succession Law (Qld)
  • Doyle's Guide 
    Wills, Estates & Succession Planning Rising Stars, Australia (2020)

Industry Involvement

  • STEP Qld – Committee Member, 2020
  • STEP Member, 2017-current

Estate matters are becoming more litigious. Experience suggests that it is best to avoid litigation due to mounting legal costs and a fundamental component of advice is how best to avoid it.