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Kerry-Ann Smith

Senior Associate

I’m Kerry-Ann. I have over 10 years’ experience practicing exclusively in the area of Wills and Estate Planning, with most of those years in Estate Litigation.

Before joining Emera Smith, I worked at a large national law firm for over seven years where I helped hundreds of clients achieve great settlements. Prior to this, I worked in a boutique law firm practising exclusively in the preparation of Wills, Powers of Attorney and Estate Planning.

I understand that the period following the death of a loved one can be difficult, so I take the time to simply and clearly navigate my clients through the process. I work closely with clients to develop a detailed understanding of their needs and I care about delivering the best result and removing the stress and uncertainty surrounding the legal process.

I am a member of the Victorian Women’s Lawyers and the Western Suburbs Law Association. I served as a member of the Executive Committee of the Victorian Law Institute Elder Law Section in 2018 and 2019 and have volunteered my services to the Council on The Ageing.

As a western suburb’s local, I spend most of my time at our Sunshine and Yarraville locations and travel to the city as required.

In my spare time, I enjoy keeping fit and holidays with my family.

Memberships

  • Member of the Victorian Women Lawyers
  • Member of the Law Institute of Victoria
  • Member of Western Suburbs Law Association

Recent articles by Kerry-Ann

How is testamentary capacity assessed?

What is testamentary capacity and how is it assessed?

There are many factors which may affect a person’s testamentary capacity. In this article, we look at how testamentary capacity is assessed, what evidence is required and options for a Statutory Will.
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Who can contest a Will?

How to contest a Will

Anyone who has a Will, or is considering writing a Will, needs to be aware of the potential that their Will can be contested (or challenged) after they die.
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Signing and witnessing Wills and documents remotely

How to sign Wills and Powers of Attorney during the COVID lockdown

COVID-19 has created witnessing and logistical challenges for signing of Wills and Powers of Attorney. In response to this, the Victorian Government introduced regulations to provide temporary emergency measures to allow Wills and Powers of Attorney to be signed electronically and witnessed remotely.
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