Areas of Expertise

Danielle has over five years’ experience assisting clients with a particular focus on estate litigation. She works closely with senior practitioners and clients to advise the public sector, not-for-profit organisations and the private sector. 

Danielle is passionate about all aspects of succession and elder law.  This passion transfers to her professional practice – and is pinnacle to her achieving exceptional outcomes for her clients.

In 2019, Danielle was awarded top graduating student in the Masters of Applied Law (Wills and Estates) by the College of Law.   

 

Qualifications 

  • Master of Applied Laws (Wills and Estates) (College of Law)

  • Bachelor of Laws (Hons), Macquarie University

  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Sydney

 

What Danielle’s clients say

“A million thankyous to you both [Danielle and Gerard] for everything you did for me over the last almost 4 years, you will never know how very grateful I am for your expertise & professionalist, not to mention I believe you really did have my back.” - private client

 

A word from Danielle

The matters that come across our desks or are referred to us are often complex and challenging. They require us to adopt a strategic and pragmatic approach to resolve the disputes in the most favourable way for our clients. Working with a team of experts in the area of succession law, continuously learning from my colleagues’ expertise and sharing knowledge gained through my own practical experiences, I aim to provide the best experience to my clients.

 

Career highlights

  • Assisted a disadvantaged client with a substantial settlement from their late parent’s estate, which contributed to the purchase of property.

  • Assisted a disabled child of the deceased with a claim where the deceased’s capacity was at issue at the time of her signing her final will.

  • Assisted a de facto spouse of the deceased with a claim brought on behalf of the deceased’s family, who denied the existence of the de facto relationship.

  • Assisted a child of deceased with application to have probate revoked where an executor misappropriated the deceased’s funds, significantly diminishing the value of the deceased’s estate.

  • Successfully assisted a charity to protect their estate gift from a family provision claim.

  • Assisted a client who was successful in contested probate proceedings to propound a final Will to probate in circumstances where it was alleged the Will had been revoked and an informal Will should take precedence – Re Estate Miruzzi [2018] NSWSC 1899. This case is summarised in the article: The unmaking of a Will – the need for strict compliance with the formalities for cancelling (revoking) a Will

 

Specific areas of focus

  • Advising a broad range of clients on succession issues.

  • Acting for clients in a variety of litigation matters in the Supreme Court of New South Wales, including family provision ,contested probate matters, trust and estate administration matters.

  • Acting for clients in uncontested probate applications and estate administration.