April Kennedy is an experienced Wills and Estates Lawyer, joining Attwood Marshall Lawyers in 2008 as a paralegal. April has worked closely with Legal Practice Director, Jeff Garrett, and Wills and Estates Partner, Angela Harry, in a variety of estate planning, estate administration and litigation matters during her time at Attwood Marshall Lawyers.
April holds a Bachelor of Laws from Southern Cross University and a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice from College of Law Queensland. In 2018, April was admitted as a lawyer in the Supreme Court of Queensland. Prior to April’s admission as a lawyer, she had more than 10 years’ experience in the legal industry.
April works exclusively in the areas of estate litigation and administration in New South Wales and Queensland. She is highly experienced in Supreme Court applications for Probate, Letters of Administration on intestacy and Letters of Administration with the Will annexed. She has a keen interest and experience in difficult and out of the ordinary Supreme Court applications including grants of Probate where the original Will has been lost, informal Will applications and Letters of Administration where there is a blended family.
April’s experience and knowledge of Wills, Probate and estate administration has provided a strong foundation, especially in matters concerning Will disputes. April regularly acts for applicants wishing to contest or challenge a Will, as well as executors in defending an estate against a claim.
Given the nature of her role, April is empathetic to the needs of her clients who are often unfamiliar with the legal processes and distraught with grief. She adopts a pragmatic approach to help guide each client through this difficult time. April ensures that her clients understand each of the steps involved in the process, and why each step must be taken.
April has strong ties to the Southern Gold Coast area having grown up in Tweed Heads/Coolangatta.
April’s areas of knowledge and expertise include:
- Supreme Court applications for Probate, Letters of Administration on intestacy and Letters of Administration with the Will annexed;
- Supreme Court applications including grants of Probate where the original Will has been lost, informal Will applications and Letters of Administration where there is a blended family;
- Family Provision Applications under the Succession Act (plaintiff and defendant executor/administrator matters);
- Challenging the validity of a will on the basis of testamentary incapacity;
- Alternative dispute resolution