Barry.Nilsson. makes inroads into wills and estates
National law firm Barry.Nilsson. has announced the establishment of a dedicated wills and estate team, a move it sees as a “critical response” to service existing and future clients.
Starting Monday, 1 September, Joanne Carusi and Emma Blay will head up the new team from the Brisbane office, which has been created due to client demand from the firm’s family law divisions.
Barry.Nilsson.’s managing director Don Leembruggen has welcomed the lawyers to the office and said it was a natural progression for the firm to extend its family law arm, which already operates out of its Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne offices. The firm expects family law practice areas to open across remaining offices in the next few years.
Speaking of the firm’s decision to implement a wills and estate practice, Mr Leembruggen referred to the client demand for such services coming through.
“We only see that demand growing,” he said.
“This is not diversification but rather a critical response to Barry.Nilsson. being able to provide this important service to existing and future clients.”
“The experience that Joanne and Emma bring in wills and estates will dovetail nicely with our firm’s already strong family law offering and can only enhance our client service,” he continued.
Ms Carusi will bring more than 20 years of experience to her new role as special counsel, with knowledge of testamentary trust wills, specialty trusts, and special disability trusts focusing on succession planning.
Previously of Crilly Lawyers, she also has an extensive understanding across contested estates, elder law and guardianship legislation.
Supporting Ms Carusi, and also formerly employed by Crilly Lawyers, Ms Blay has five years of experience in advising clients defending estate claims and drafting high-quality legal documentation.