Commercial Law, Dispute Resolution, Elder Law, Finance Law, Probate, Property Development, Wills & Estates Planning

Charmian is exceptionally passionate about assisting her clients with their estate planning including the drafting of wills, powers of attorney, appointments of enduring guardian. She has applied to the Supreme Court of NSW to obtain countless grants of probate and letters of administration, and routinely guides her clients through the estate administration process, in both contested and uncontested matters.

 

Charmian has experience in an incredibly vast array of estate related matters, with some of her recent matters including:

  • Obtaining uncontested grants and reseals of probate.
  • Obtaining letters of administration.
  • Acting on behalf of the executors of a deceased estate to defend a family provision claim brought by a former de facto partner of the deceased.
  • Providing advice and preparing a complex estate plan involving family trusts, business succession planning, and a myriad of corporate structures.
  • Obtaining probate in circumstances involving foreign residents and complex taxation issues.
  • Obtaining letters of administration in unusual circumstances such as those involving foreign residents, lost wills, informal wills.
  • Applying to the Supreme Court of NSW for interim and special grants of probate and administration.

In helping her estate clients resolve their disputes, Charmian has expertise in many methods of dispute resolution including collaborative law, mediation, conciliation, and litigation. This means that she not only serves her clients with her deep knowledge of the law, but she also enjoys adding value with her strategic focus on appropriate management of legal matters to resolve disputes in the most quick and efficient manner.

Charmian has experience appearing in various jurisdictions including the NSW Civil & Administrative Tribunal, Local Court, District Court, Supreme Court, and the NSW Court of Appeal. Charmian has formerly practised an NMAS Accredited Mediator.

Prior to joining Thornton and King, Charmian ran the law practice known as Myall Coast Legal.

 

Accreditations and Associations

  • Advanced Diploma in Conveyancing
  • Bachelor of Laws
  • Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice
  • Master of Laws (Dispute Resolution/Corporate & Commercial)
  • Applied Master of Laws (Wills and Estates)
  • Collaborative Lawyer (Australian Association of Collaborative Professionals)
  • Member of the Law Society of New South Wales
  • Member of the Law Society of New South Wales’ Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee

 

Areas of Practice

 

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Our offices

Balmain

45 Evans St, Balmain NSW 2041

Northbridge

146 Sailors Bay Rd, Northbridge NSW 2063

Tea Gardens

Shop 1/13 Maxwell St, Tea Gardens NSW 2324

Hornsby

45-47 Hunter Street, Hornsby, 2077

Meet our team of lawyers

Want to know who you’ll be dealing with? Our exceptional lawyers are industry leaders who are supported by a team of paralegals, conveyancers, and secretaries.

Karunn Shahani
Karunn Shahani
Principal Lawyer
Vanessa Caputo
Vanessa Caputo
Principal Lawyer
George Elmassian
George Elmassian
Principal Lawyer
Alan Olcayto
Alan Olcayto
Principal Lawyer
Sarah Newman
Sarah Newman
Principal Lawyer
Charmian Seil
Charmian Seil
Special Counsel
Richard Harvey
Richard Harvey
Special Counsel
David Lee-Young
David Lee-Young
Special Counsel
Navneet Elfar
Navneet Elfar
Special Counsel
Amanda Chik
Amanda Chik
Senior Associate
Jill Forrester
Jill Forrester
Senior Associate
Feris Sefian
Feris Sefian
Lawyer
Amber Page
Amber Page
Senior Licensed Conveyancer
Andy Habib
Andy Habib
SENIOR LICENSED CONVEYANCER

What our clients say…

We found the company very efficient providing straight and efficient responces when required.

Scott Howison

Professional, efficient and great communication.

Sarah MacLeod

Excellent support from Karun and his team (especially Alan). Knowledgeable team with only short waiting times to provide advice.

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Very professional and thorough, with clear communication and attention to detail. Highly recommended.

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Professional,timely help from both Vanessa and Andy ,make the project way easier for us !

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