Legal secretary: Hannah Murray
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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.
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Areas of practice
- 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)
- Advising and assisting executors
- Complex and contested probate applications
- Supreme Court proceedings for judicial advice as to the administration of an estate
- 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
- 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