Special Counsel

Paul Beasant

Paul Beasant

Special Counsel

BCom, LLB


Legal secretary: Amy Andrews

+61 3 8600 8817

pbeasant@kcllaw.com.au

Paul practises principally in wills and estates, guardianship and administration, trusts and asset protection, and is experienced in advising high-net-worth families and individuals in relation to all aspects of wills, estates and trust-related matters.

Paul represents clients in litigated matters involving contested wills, estate disputes, trust disputes and breaches of fiduciary duties. He has handled a large number of contested will claims, and has been involved in numerous estate and trust litigation cases.

Paul has a special interest in guardianship and administration matters. He advises and acts in applications to VCAT and proceedings to recover assets for elderly clients and clients with a disability.

Paul joined KCL Law (then called Kliger Partners) in November 2015 as a Senior Associate, and was appointed as a Special Counsel in July 2017. Paul previously worked in a full service commercial law firm and in a large trustee company. 

In the Doyles' Wills & Estate Guide 2017 and the Doyles' Wills & Estate Litigation Guide 2017, Paul was 'recommended' as a Leading Wills and Estates Litigation Lawyer and Leading Wills, Estates and Succession Planning Lawyer for Victoria.

  

Areas of practice

Will disputes and estate litigation

  • Testator’s Family Maintenance claims in the Supreme Court and County Court
  • Commencing and defending Will challenges
  • Removal of executors
  • Representing beneficiaries' interests (including minors and those under a disability)

Estate administration

  • Advising and assisting executors
  • Complex and contested probate applications
  • Supreme Court proceedings for judicial advice as to the administration of an estate

Guardianship, administration and elder law

  • Applications to VCAT for appointment or revocation of guardians, administrators and attorneys
  • Aged care and elder law issues
  • Advice regarding breach of duties by attorneys and VCAT appointed administrators
  • Litigation on behalf of minors or those under a disability

Trusts

  • Advising on discretionary, charitable and special disability trusts
  • Trust variations and appointments
  • Trust disputes (acting for trustees and beneficiaries)
  • Supreme Court proceedings for judicial advice as trust administration

Estate planning

  • Wills
  • Testamentary Trusts
  • Powers of Attorney
  • Asset protection
  • Protecting estates from divorce
  • Superannuation and death
  • International Wills
  • Business succession