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Laura specialises in the areas of family business succession, estate planning and superannuation. 

Laura is listed in The Best Lawyers in Australia 2020 to 2023 edition for Trusts and Estates and Wealth Management / Succession Planning Practice. Laura is also recognised in the 2021 and 2022 editions of Doyles Guide as a recommended lawyer in Wills, Estates & Succession Planning in Queensland. 


Laura has over 16 years’ experience working with private clients and family businesses in crafting and executing succession plans.

Laura’s key focus is to understand each individual or families motivation for their succession planning and tailor an appropriate plan for the individual or family.

Laura’s areas of experience include:

  • preparation of Wills including complex wills with testamentary trusts
  • powers of attorney
  • family discretionary trusts
  • unit trusts
  • private companies
  • self-managed superannuation funds
  • administration of deceased estates.

With a background that includes sociology, family law and taxation, Laura is experienced to deal with the variety of issues associated with working with families and preparing comprehensive succession plans for clients.

Laura’s recent experience includes:

  • advising on all aspects and preparation of a comprehensive business succession and personal estate plan including advice on control of entities and competing interests on their respective estates for a husband and wife with a blended family with an unrelated business partner. The husband and wife had two children together and the husband had three children from a previous relationship. The couple ran a successful business and had a complex business structure of companies and trusts involving a business partner
  • assisting a family to transition the family business from mum and dad to the children involving conducting family meetings and documenting the transition and new governance structure. In addition the preparation of a crisis management plan and personal estate planning for mum and dad and each of the children and their respective spouses
  • acting on behalf of an independently appointed administrator in the Supreme Court of Queensland to administer a deceased estate. It was a complex estate which involved defending a family provision claim brought by an adult child and an application for rectification of the Will
  • assisting a client to obtain a private binding ruling from the ATO which provided the client with the certainty in relation to the taxation of a gift received from a deceased estate.


05 July 2022 - Knowledge

High Court ruling clears up SMSF binding death benefit nomination question

#Private Client Practice, #Superannuation, Funds Management & Financial Services

A recent High Court decision confirms that self-managed superannuation fund (SMSF) members do not need to follow the binding death benefit nomination requirements prescribed in regulation 6.17A of the Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Regulations.

30 March 2022 - Knowledge

When does the survivor under a mutual will agreement have trustee obligations?

#Private Client Practice

A recent case has provided a detailed analysis of the law on mutual will agreements and its effectiveness as an estate planning tool in modern blended families.

16 March 2022 - Knowledge

The real cost of a do-it-yourself will kit

#Private Client Practice

It's no longer enough to have a will. You need a proper estate plan that deals with your family dynamics, your personal estate, superannuation and any other trusts or companies you may control.

20 July 2021 - Knowledge

Estate planning: Avoidance is not a strategy

#Private Client Practice

While a person’s will must meet specific requirements to be legally valid, it is equally important for them to freely document their wishes – even if it involves a difficult discussion with their family.

05 January 2021 - Knowledge

Expecting the unexpected: Queensland's new enduring powers of attorney

#Private Client Practice

We revisit the latest changes to enduring powers of attorney and advance health directives in Queensland and explain why it is important to plan ahead under these new measures.

20 October 2020 - Knowledge

Family estate planning risks

#Private Client Practice, #Agribusiness

We consider a recent case which shows that providing financial support to an adult child may increase their likelihood of a successful claim against your estate.

19 October 2020 - Knowledge

Changes to enduring powers of attorney and advance health directives in Queensland

#Private Client Practice

From 30 November 2020, new forms will need to be used for making an enduring power of attorney and advance health directive in Queensland.

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