Qualification(s): BA. LLB, LLM
When it comes to challenging or defending a Will, Andrew Simpson is the lawyer you want fighting for you. He is a Principal Lawyer and the head of Maurice Blackburn’s national Wills and Estates Law practice, based in Melbourne.
Andrew has 20 years’ experience as a lawyer and for the past 18 of these years he has practiced in Wills disputes and estate planning, so he understands the many sides to estate law. Andrew is so passionate about this area of law that in 2012 he wrote the plain English guide to estate planning, You Can’t Take it With You.
Andrew works exclusively in Will disputes at Maurice Blackburn, helping clients fight for their rightful entitlements every day. He is a very approachable, compassionate lawyer who has an ability to build an easy rapport with his clients.
“My early life as a lawyer was spent assisting clients with estate planning issues,” says Andrew.
“This advice often involved advising clients on the extent to which their Will was at risk of a challenge. I developed a deep understanding of the issues that gave rise to a right to challenge a Will. I then began assisting people who were unfairly treated by being cut out of the Will or getting a smaller benefit than they believed was owed to them.
“The most rewarding part of working in Will disputes is being able to help people obtain access to estate funds in circumstances where they are in financial need. This is life changing for most clients.”
Andrew holds Bachelor degrees in Arts and Law, and a Masters in Law. He was awarded the Churchill Fellowship in 2004, and visited Canada, the United States and the UK to examine international approaches to estate planning and elder law.
“I am driven because I know that I can use the law to significantly improve a client’s quality of life,” says Andrew.
Accreditations & Memberships
- Law Institute of Victoria member
- Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners member