Kate Do

Special Counsel   |  Wills and Estates

Brisbane

07 3231 0603

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Kate is recognised for her commitment, loyalty, and diligent approach, which delivers optimal outcomes for her clients.

Kate is a seasoned Wills and Estates lawyer with a wealth of experience serving individuals, businesses, trustees or advisors involved in estate planning, estate administration and estate disputes.

Kate brings a comprehensive understanding of the legal landscape to her practice. With a dedication to efficiency, clarity, and a solution-focused approach, Kate is committed to providing her clients with expert legal guidance and support to navigate the complexities of an individual or family member's future wishes and affairs.

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CAREER highlights

Key Specialisations

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Business (Accountancy), Queensland University of Technology
  • Bachelor of Laws, Queensland University of Technology
  • Master of Laws, College of Law
  • Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland
  • Solicitor of High Court of Australia

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Client Solutions

Private Client
WILLS AND ESTATES
Client problem

Kate's client had difficulty in payment of an estate in Australia to a beneficiary in the Middle East. Challenges were faced as the Beneficiary was from a non-English speaking background, held low literacy while also having no bank account or means to receive funds.

outcome achieved

Kate successfully applied to the Supreme Court and obtained approval whereby the money was paid to the beneficiary via a trust established in the USA with the trustee being a high profile, well respected international lawyer.

Private Client
WIlls and Estates
Client problem

Kate's client was the appointed financial administrator for an incapacitated person. An officious third party appointed himself to become litigation guardian for the incapacitated person to usurp the decision of Kate's client to pursue litigation.

outcome achieved

Kate sought the Supreme Court's intervention to dismiss a third party acting as a litigation guardian. Kate requested that the third party cover her client's legal expenses for the proceedings on an indemnity basis. This was because the third party failed to obtain a court order for their appointment or seek a review of her client's decision not to pursue litigation at QCAT, opting instead to unilaterally involve themselves in the legal process.

Private Client
WIlls and Estates
Client problem

Kate's client was the only beneficiary mentioned in the last will of the deceased, which was drawn up by a non-professional while the deceased was seriously ill with cancer. A daughter of the deceased challenged the validity of the will and required Kate's client to prove the will in solemn form.

outcome achieved

Kate was able to prove capacity of the deceased almost entirely on non-expert opinion evidence as there was little or no medical evidence regarding their capacity. Consequently, Kate secured indemnity costs for her client. The matter was brought before the Court of Appeal where she was successful in having the appeal dismissed with costs, again, in favour of her client. The matter then went as far as the High Court of Australia with the Court dismissing the application for special leave.

Kate Do's INSIGHTS

8 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Prepare Your Own Will
What Australia’s Foreign Investment Law Reform Means for Your Will and Estate Plan
When Should I Update My Estate Planning Documents?
Why SMSF Members and Advisers Must Review Their Binding Death Benefit Nominations
The 4 Reasons Why A Corporate Trustee Is The Right Move For You
Executors Beware – There Is A Little-Known Tax On Death

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Brisbane

07 3231 0603