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I am a practising lawyer, based in Brisbane, Queensland. I received my law degree from QUT in Brisbane, Queensland, in 2009 and under my Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice (GradDipLP) at the College of Law. I admitted as a lawyer in both the Supreme Court of Queensland and the High Court of Australia.
I have a Masters Degree in Applied Law, specialising in Wills & Estates and I am a member of the Queensland Law Society’s Succession Law Committee.
In 2019, I became an Adjunct Lecturer for the College of Law and have begun teaching in the Masters of Applied Law (Wills & Estates) program.
I am also a member of the Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners (STEP) an the STEP Academic Community. I am a member of the Queensland Law Society, the Founding and Current President of the Logan & Scenic Rim Law Association and creator & owner of the Australian Succession & Elder Lawyers LinkedIn Group.
I am regularly invited to speak on a range of topics in the succession and elder law world. You can find a list of my speaking engagements here.
Since 2018, I have found a growing interest in the articles I have published and I am grateful to have some of my work republished by Wolters Kluwer CCH and Legalwise News. I have since been commissioned as a co-author for one of Wolters Kluwer legal publications in succession law.
There are many things I am passionate about; at the top of that list are things like my family, succession and elder law, education, professional and personal development, mentorship, mental health and wellness within the legal profession, women in the law and professional mums.
I am a passionate succession lawyer. I embarked on a legal career for one reason; to help people. I continue to practice, write and research the law for the same reason, and I have found a true love in succession and elder law. Whilst some people are uncomfortable and reluctant to confront conversations about death or incapacity, I feel honoured that I have the opportunity to help people navigate their most trying days with compassion, empathy and simplicity. It’s not always possible, but it is truthfully what I strive for every day with every client.
I have found my way to the life I currently lead through quite a different path to most. Having not graduated High School after being bullied during my schooling and being the first in three generations of my family to qualify and go to University, I pursued my thirst for knowledge and found my way through perseverance, curiousity and passion. It is the journey that I have travelled that has significantly contributed to my passion to help people in whatever way I can.
I am proud to continue to Lean In to my career and my life. To Lean In is to strive to find the right mix of work and life, thrive and achieve your professional goals and be the best person and parent you can be. An impossible task, right? I cannot fathom a world without both my family and my work. To do only half is to be only half the person I know I am; and half of the person I can be. As a devoted mother and passionate professional, I believe in a world where we can achieve both without guilt, barriers and unconscious bias. I believe in striving to be the best version of ourselves; sometimes that means mixing the right amount of family with the right amount of work and being happy. A recipe for success and happiness.
I take the opportunity to comment on various aspects of daily life as a parent who engages with and leans into their career, and what that looks like. I write about these things as a bit of an outlet but also in the hopes that others can feel comfort that they’re not alone or perhaps be encouraged to speak, think or write about their own experiences and hopefully pay that support forward again to others.
On topics of “mum life” I started using the hashtag #myrealnameismummy to hopefully capture the story; mine and many more.
At home, I am “mummy” to two amazing, compassionate and crazy little dudes. I am also “wifey” to an incredibly kind, talented, and sweet husband.
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