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Monique Smiles is a Senior Solicitor in Wills & Estates and Elder Law at Catherine Henry lawyers
Born in Sydney, Monique obtained her legal qualifications at the University of Western Sydney in 2011. She has been practising law for the last 5 years and during that time, has most enjoyed the work she has done for clients in relation to all aspects of estate litigation in the Supreme Court of NSW, estate planning, estate administration and property law.
Monique moved to Newcastle in June 2017 where she worked for a large firm before recently joining Catherine Henry Lawyers where she will be specialising in estate planning and related disputes. Monique also has responsibility for the firm’s local court crime and traffic matters, having had experience in past positions in this area of practice.
Monique is able to assist your firm with agency work in regards to:
- Local Court criminal matters
- District Court criminal matters
- Traffic and driving offences
Whilst death is not something we wish to contemplate, effective estate planning allows our clients to have peace of mind knowing that their assets and liabilities are appropriately dealt with following their passing. Monique aims to assist her clients make informed decisions regarding their estate and to also assist family members during a difficult time with the distribution of the estate and associated disputes that arise following the passing of a loved one.
Monique’s expertise includes:
- All aspects of estate planning including Wills, superannuation, power of attorney and appointments of enduring guardians
- Probate and estate administration
- Estate litigation including family provision claims
- Property transactions (sale and purchase of land)
Monique is a member of the following organisations:
- Law Society of NSW
- Newcastle Law Society
- Western Sydney University Law Alumni
- Golden Key Society
Monique has a passion for mentoring young adults and encouraging their involvement in the legal profession through events and programs established by the University of Western Sydney Law Alumni. In her spare time, she enjoys exercising, music, sport and spending time with her family and friends.
Recent blog posts by Monique
Section 57(1)(d) of the Succession Act 2006 (NSW) (‘the Act’) allows for a former spouse to make a family provision claim against an estate (in…