April Kennedy joined Attwood Marshall Lawyers in 2008 and is an experienced Estate Litigation lawyer, practicing exclusively in this area in New South Wales and Queensland. As a qualified Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales, and with over a decade of experience in the legal industry, her sole focus is in Wills and Estates.
She regularly acts for clients in the Supreme Court who are involved in a dispute over a Will. April is highly experienced in family provision claims acting for applicants wishing to contest a Will, as well as executors who are defending an estate against a claim. She understands the strengths and weaknesses of each claim and can identify those issues early on to assist her clients to reach an early resolution. In circumstances where an early resolution is not possible, April has experience representing clients at trial or hearing in the Supreme Court.
April has a keen interest in matters concerning the validity of a Will where the deceased may have lacked testamentary capacity or may have been influenced to make a Will by another person.
She is passionate about educating others about the pitfalls of Will Kits and DIY Wills, having acted for distressed executors and beneficiaries who must deal with the aftermath, and understanding the cost involved in disputes over these types of Wills.
As a strong advocate for her clients, April’s approach to all matters is logical and considered. Given the nature of her role, April is empathetic to the needs of her clients who are often unfamiliar with the legal processes. She strives to inform her clients about their rights and entitlements; adopting a pragmatic approach to ensure that each client understands the steps involved in the process and why each step must be taken.
At a foundational level, April is experienced in all types of Wills and Estate matters including Supreme Court applications for Probate, Letters of Administration on intestacy and Letters of Administration with the Will annexed. She is particularly interested in difficult and out-of-the-ordinary Supreme Court applications for Probate/Administration, including where:
- the original Will has been lost;
- the original executor has died;
- there is an ‘informal’ Will which has not been properly signed;
- there is no Will and the deceased had a blended family;
- the only surviving family member is a minor child.
April has strong ties to the Southern Gold Coast area having grown up in Tweed Heads/Coolangatta. She is currently undertaking her Master of Laws (Applied Law) majoring in Wills and Estates and hopes to complete this by 2022.