Principal Lawyer

Paul Beasant

Paul Beasant

Principal Lawyer


Legal secretary: Hannah Murray

+61 3 8600 8817

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 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 2021, Paul was recognised as a 'leading' lawyer in the Doyle's Estates & Litigation Guide, Leading Wills & Estates Litigation Lawyers — Victoria, 2021.

Paul's previous individual accolades in the Doyle's Wills & Estates Guides include:

  • Leading Wills & Estates Litigation Lawyers — Victoria, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020 (Recommended)
  • Leading Wills, Estates & Succession Planning Lawyers — Victoria, 2018 (Recommended)


Recently, Paul was also named a 'finalist' in the Lawyers Weekly Australian Law Awards 2021 for Special Counsel of the Year.

To start your estate planning with Paul, click here.

Areas of practice

Estate disputes and 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)

Probate and 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


  • 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

Admitted to practice

  • March 2007 — Supreme Court of Victoria