Stephanie Patterson
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Penelope Nicholls

Senior Associate

Penelope is a Senior Associate in Hamilton Locke’s Private team with significant experience in estate planning, estate administration and estate litigation.

Penelope is an efficient lawyer with a focus on delivering the best possible outcomes for her clients. She approaches her work with determination, providing practical and commercial advice on often difficult matters.

Penelope enjoys the complexities involved in navigating her clients through complicated situations that arise during estate planning or after a person’s death.

Penelope is a full member (TEP) of STEP (Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners), a worldwide organisation that guides the professional conduct of lawyers and accountants in the wills and estates industry.

Prior to Hamilton Locke, Penelope was at Thynne + Macartney.

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Estate Planning; Wills; Testamentary Trusts; Enduring Powers of Attorney; Advanced Health Directives; Superannuation Advice; Binding Death Nominations; Estate Administration, Obtaining Grant of Probate or Letters of Administration, Estate Accounts

AWARDS
  • Women’s Law Association of Queensland, Finalist for Emergent Women Lawyer of the Year, 2017 & 2018
QUALIFICATIONS
  • Bachelor of Laws – Queensland University of Technology
  • Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Psychology) – Queensland University of Technology
  • Master of Applied Law (Wills & Estates) – College of Law
  • Admitted to practice in Queensland
SELECTED REPRESENTATIONS
  • Acting for a Body Corporate to obtain a grant as a creditor where a unit owner had died, no steps had been taken to administer the estate and substantial Body Corporate fees were owedby the estate. The Body Corporate did not want to be tasked with any other estate administration, so estate accounts were approved by the court and balance of the estate fundspaid into Court.
  • Acting for families with large and complex landholdings, to appropriate properties after a person has died to take advantage of the transfer duty concessions afforded to deceased estates.
  • Acting for a beneficiary where they had concerns about an executor’s conduct of an estate administration.
  • Acting for an executor obtaining probate of a copy of a will where the deceased’s original will could not be located. Investigations were made into the whereabouts of the Will, affidavits sought, a court appearance was required, and the grant was successfully obtained, which allowed our client to progress the estate administration.