Contested probate applications – proof of wills in solemn form. 25 August 2021

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Jackson McDonald - Level 17
225 St Georges Terrace
Perth WA 6000


  • Matthew Curwood SC - Francis Burt Chamber


  • 17:30 to 18:00 AWST: Networking drinks
  • 18:00 to 19:00 AWST: Presentation

RSVP by 5:00pm Monday 23 August 2021

Webinar available
Instructions on how to access the webinar will be provided the day before the event.

The seminar will cover:

In the seminar Matt will cover the following topics:

  • The differences between a probate action for proof of will in solemn form and common form non-contentious applications. 
  • The requirements for proving that a will is that of a “free and capable testator”. 
  • Presumptions of fact in probate law arising from due execution. 
  • Commencement of proceedings and joinder of proper parties. 
  • Defences to a claim for proof of will in solemn form. 
  • Probate actions to revoke a common form grant and prove a will in solemn form. 
  • Compromise of proceedings and necessary elements and considerations for proving a will in an undefended trial. 
  • General principles as to the award of costs

About the speaker: 

Matt is a member of the Independent Bar having joined Francis Burt Chambers in 2012. He practises in the areas of wills and estates, general civil and commercial litigation and costs.

Matt holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Western Australia. He has been a member of the Legal Costs Committee since 2009. Matt is also a contributing author to the LexisNexis publication Civil Procedure in Western Australia.

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17:30 - 19:30 AWST
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