Louise McCormack

Louise is a Senior Lawyer in our Wills, Estates and
Superannuation Team.

Biography

My name is Louise McCormack. I have lived in Toowoomba for five years with my husband, now three daughters and our cat, Slinky Malinki.

In between juggling work, family and home, I love spending time with my children at the park or the pool, and rediscovering a long-lost delight in drawing as I encourage my eldest daughter to develop her passion. I try to find time for myself doing yoga and (less often these days) reading, and when my extended family gets together we enjoy sharing cryptic crosswords and board games.

I grew up in Mundubbera and moved to Brisbane to study law and science.  I was admitted as a solicitor in Queensland in 2007 and spent 10 years working for a large Brisbane CBD law firm before I joined Murdoch Lawyers. Since starting work as a graduate I have practiced almost exclusively in the specialised areas of estate planning, superannuation, business succession and taxation.

I love the challenge that these areas bring in drawing on such a range of complex areas of commonwealth and state law, including succession, superannuation, trusts, corporations, partnership, bankruptcy, family, taxation and stamp duty laws. My passion is to combine the intellectual challenge and technical precision that this work demands with a strong client focus, to craft practical solutions in a way that meets each client’s needs.

My estate planning background is varied and extensive and includes preparing wills for individuals, professional couples, and clients with young families, blended families or children with special needs, as well as clients with complex business and investment structures and unique estate planning needs. Complementing this is my extensive experience in reviewing, drafting and updating specialised trust terms to meet clients’ needs for particular control or succession planning provisions.

I have also given advice on the application of the new superannuation laws, including the impact of reversionary and non-reversionary pensions. I have experience in reviewing and advising on the terms of superannuation fund trust deeds for self-managed superannuation funds, with a focus on the impact of the recent changes and how the clients’ superannuation fits within their estate plan. 

Practice Areas

  • Estate planning
  • Superannuation
  • Business succession
  • Taxation
  • Trust law
  • Asset protection
  • Estate administration

Qualifications & Reputation

Professional Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Laws (Hons), University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Queensland
  • Graduate Diploma of Practical Legal Training, Griffith University

Associations

  • Member, Queensland Law Society
  • Member, Down & South Western Queensland Law Association

Articles

Estate Planning for Couples with Young Families: 5 Things You Must Cover

It’s estimated that nearly 50% of Australians will die without a Will.  For many couples with young families preparing a…

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Superannuation Death Benefits: Can You Overcome a Technicality?

Superannuation payments have historically been very ‘clear cut’ as far as the potential recipient of a death benefit payment is…

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Same-Sex Couples Married Overseas now face Estate Planning Uncertainty.

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Elder Abuse in Our Community

One of the most disturbing trends in our community, and communities right around Australia, is that of elder financial abuse….

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Why You Need to Be Estate Planning for Now and the Future

According to recent reports of the New South Wales Trustee and Guardian, approximately 45% of Australians don’t have a valid…

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Podcasts

Contact Information

Direct Line: 07 4616 9864