Rebecca Burness

Rebecca is a Senior Associate in our Future Planning team.

Biography

I was born in Dalby and lived there and in other country Queensland towns (due to my father’s work) before completing my high school education at Glennie in Toowoomba. I then studied law and commerce at the University of Queensland while residing at St John’s College on campus.

I completed my articles of clerkship with Murdochs in Toowoomba before heading down to Brisbane to experience city living.  Whilst in Brisbane, I worked for a boutique law firm which specialised in wills and estates, for 10 years.  It was during this time that I developed my passion for succession law and decided to undertake the extra study to become an accredited specialist in the area.

I am a mother of three children, two primary school aged boys and a little girl who is almost two.  My husband and I are enjoying being back in Toowoomba to raise our young family.  I have recently taken maternity leave to look after my daughter and am now looking forward to juggling motherhood with the practice of law again.  It is especially exciting to be returning to the firm where I started my legal career.

Spare time is something I dream about at the moment, but I do always manage to find time to read a good book.  I also enjoy cooking and eating healthy, organic food.  You’ll find me lined up at Baker’s Duck early on a Saturday morning eagerly waiting for my sourdough bread.

As a succession lawyer, I particularly specialise in estate planning and estate administration where I prepare for and attend to the transmission of wealth for my clients.  I find succession law challenging and interesting as it touches on so many other areas of law, such as taxation, superannuation, trusts, bankruptcy and family law.  Proper estate planning is an important and worthwhile exercise for the benefit of your family members to minimise any additional stress and legal costs in dealing with unnecessary administration issues or family disputes that may have been minimised or avoided.

Qualifications & Reputation

Professional Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws (Hons), University of Queensland
  • Accredited Specialist – Succession Law, Queensland Law Society (2007)

Continuing Professional Development

  • Annual Succession Law Conferences

Associations

  • Member of Queensland Law Society
  • Member of Downs and South Western Queensland Law Association
  • Member of STEP (the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners, a global professional association)

Articles

What Advice does an Executor Need?

An executor is the person responsible for administering a will. The role of an executor involves: identifying and collecting the…

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Business Succession and Discretionary Trusts

A fundamental part of any estate and succession planning exercise is to identify: the assets you wish to pass control…

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How Can I Avoid a Family Member Bringing a Claim Against My Estate?

by Leanne Matthewson & Rebecca Burness If you are in a blended family, have a child who is a “black sheep”…

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Superannuation, Binding Death Benefit Nominations and Attorneys

The recent case of Re Narumon Pty Ltd [2018] QSC 185 is an important decision for those advising in relation…

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How to Avoid a Superannuation Death Benefit Dispute

When you die, the distribution of your Superannuation Death Benefits (which consists of your superannuation contributions and any life insurance…

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Contact Information

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