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Sarah has become an integral member of the firm's Litigation and Dispute Resolution section since joining Wallmans Lawyers in 2018.
A key area of Sarah's practice is in delivering advice and representing clients in respect of wills and estate disputes. Sarah assists clients in a broad range of disputed testamentary actions, including contested estates, testamentary capacity and undue influence claims, will reconstruction applications, intestacy matters, contested applications for letters of administration and claims for further provision pursuant to the Inheritance (Family Provision) Act.
Using her broad experience as a commercial litigator along with a business degree, Sarah's focus is to find commercial, innovative and practical solutions for her clients in order to minimise costs and optimise results. With her particular experience in estate disputes, she is sensitive to the stressful nature of such claims, and aims to reach a prompt resolution whilst protecting her clients' personal interests.
Sarah's experience in this area has included complex matters, such as:
- making application to the Supreme Court to prove the validity of a Will made in 1966 by a person suffering from schizophrenia
- applications concerning testamentary capacity
- contested applications for letters of administration including acting for the children of a deceased who died intestate and left a complicated estate involving various corporate and trustee entities
- acting for various executors and beneficiaries in responding to and bringing inheritance claims.
In addition to her estate disputes practice, Sarah assists clients in a wide range of commercial litigation matters. Her experience extends to corporate and partnership matters such as claims for breach of director’s duties, shareholder remedies and exit strategies, construction and general property claims such as building disputes and disputes concerning the sale and purchase of land and residential and commercial leases, trust disputes, defamation, claims for professional and general negligence, and consumer protection actions including claims for misleading and deceptive conduct, unconscionable conduct, unfair contracts and the sale of goods.
Sarah is admitted to the Supreme Court of South Australia and the High Court of Australia and is a Board Member of the Motor Neurone Disease Association of SA. She is an active author of articles regarding the current and changing law in the area of estate litigation.
Memberships / associations
The Law Society of South Australia