Legal secretary: Rhonda Cooke
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Ainsleigh practises principally in estate planning, estate litigation, probate and estate administration, trusts and challenges to superannuation death benefits. Her clients include individuals in a variety of personal circumstances, trustee companies, professional advisers and other law firms.
With over 12 years’ experience in private client services, Ainsleigh has worked with a range of firms and some of the most highly regarded specialists in the area. She has an in-depth understanding of the many issues encompassing estate law, and takes a holistic approach to provide pragmatic advice ― achieving the best possible outcome for her clients.
In July 2014, Ainsleigh joined the firm as a paralegal and was admitted to practice in June 2016. Ainsleigh was promoted to Associate in January 2019, and to Senior Associate in July 2021.
Recognised by her peers for her knowledge and expertise, Ainsleigh was listed in the Doyle’s Wills & Estates Guide 2018, Australian Wills, Estates & Succession Planning Rising Stars.
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Areas of practice
- Wills and Enduring Powers of Attorney
- Wealth restructuring and protection
- Trust variations and control
- Business succession planning
- Establishment, variations, appointments and vesting of trusts
- Advising on discretionary trusts, including the construction of a term or a power under a trust
deed and the nature of the trust
- Advising on a potential tax event in relation to the trust’s administration (i.e. transfer of an asset to the beneficiary), acceleration or vesting of the trust
- Distributions of trust assets
- Trust disputes (acting for trustees and beneficiaries)
- Supreme Court proceedings for judicial advice as to trust administration
- Grant of Representation applications (including Probate, Letters of Administration, informal Wills, Reseals of foreign grants and any complex and/or contested applications)
- Advising and assisting executors as to their duties, obligations, rights, commission claims and (if applicable) acting in the defence of any claims of breaches of those duties, rights and obligations
- Issuing / defending claims for provision or further provision against an Estate
- Issuing / defending a removal of executor application
- Representing beneficiaries' interests
- Will interpretations and rectification applications
- Issuing / defending Caveat applications against the making of a Grant
- Superannuation death benefit claims and disputes
- Law Institute of Victoria
Admitted to practice
- June 2016 — Supreme Court of Victoria