Principal Lawyer

Jennifer Maher

Jennifer Maher

Principal Lawyer

BA, LLB | Accredited Wills & Estates Specialist


Legal secretary: Anne Olsen

+61 3 8600 0710

jmaher@kcllaw.com.au

An Accredited Wills and Estates Specialist, Jennifer practises principally in estate litigation, estate administration, estate planning, trusts and asset protection, and has particular expertise in advising private businesses and high-net-worth families and individuals in relation to wealth transfer, asset protection, transfer of assets/family disputes, trusts and succession planning and philanthropic giving.

Jennifer has handled a significant number of family provision claims and numerous estate and trust litigation cases,
as well as estate and equity proceedings including cy-près applications, misappropriation claims, judicial advice proceedings and family business disputes. She has also been appointed as a litigation guardian to protect the interests of minors or persons under a disability, appointed as the administrator of a person’s estate and as the independent trustee of family trusts.

Jennifer’s clientele includes private clients, high-net-worth clients, trustee companies, private and public corporations, private family and business trusts. Her practice also includes assisting families with their aging loved ones, including advising attorneys and guardians as to their duties, advising on elder law rights and disputes, advising clients on the transition to aged care, appearing at VCAT in contested administration, guardianship and elder law disputes.

Jennifer joined KCL Law as Special Counsel in July 2014 and was appointed Principal Lawyer in August 2018. She is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP), the Victorian Women Lawyers and Business Chicks.

In the Doyle's Wills & Estates and Estates Litigation Guides 2019, Jennifer was listed as 'leading' in the Leading Wills & Estates Litigation Lawyers — Victoria and 'recommended' in the Leading Wills, Estates and Succession Planning Lawyers — Victoria.

Jennifer's previous individual accolades in the Doyle's Wills & Estates and Estates Litigation Guides include:

  • Leading Wills & Estates Litigation Lawyers — Victoria, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 (Leading)
  • Leading Wills, Estates & Succession Planning Lawyers — Victoria, 2017 and 2018 (Recommended)

     

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Areas of practice

Estate planning

  • Wills and testamentary trusts
  • Powers of Attorney
  • Protecting estates from divorce
  • Superannuation
  • International wills
  • Business succession
  • Buy / sell agreements and shareholders agreements
  • Asset protection

Trusts

  • Trust variations and appointments
  • Trust disputes (acting for both beneficiaries and trustees and as independent trustee)
  • Vesting trusts and advice on administration
  • Superannuation disputes
  • Supreme Court proceedings for judicial advice
  • Charitable trusts (variations, advice, cy-pres)

Will disputes

  • Commencing Will challenges
  • Defending Will challenges
  • Advising executors with the administration of an estate

Guardianship, administration and elder law

  • Appearing in VCAT in guardianship and administration list
  • Advising on aged care
  • Advising on elder law issues
  • Acting as administrator of a person’s affairs

Probate and estate administration

  • Probate applications
  • Letters of administration applications
  • Estate administration
  • Complex applications
  • International estates

Estate disputes and litigation

  • Family provision claims (including interstate)
  • Advising executors with the administration of an estate, removal applications
  • Advising beneficiaries as to entitlements
  • Interpretation and construction of wills
  • Applications to remove executors or administrators
  • Acting as a litigation guardian (for minors or those under a disability)
  • Representing beneficiaries interests under an estate
  • Supreme Court proceedings for judicial advice as to the administration of an Estate or interpretation of a will

Professional memberships

  • Law Institute of Victoria
  • STEP
  • Victorian Women Lawyers

Admitted to practice

  • 2003 — Supreme Court of Victoria