Bryan Mitchell

Bryan is a recognised specialist in the area of Wills and Estates. He assists clients in the three areas of Wills and Estates: Estate Planning, Estate Disputes and Estate Administration.

His expertise is recognised by the Queensland Law Society, awarded the distinction of being an Accredited Specialist in Succession Law (which is another word for Wills and Estates). There are only roughly 45 such specialists in Queensland.

Bryan is a regular public speaker and has had the privilege of presenting papers for the Queensland Law Society, the Queensland branch of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners, Lexis Nexis and Legalwise and workshops for the College of Law. Bryan was one of the early members of the Queensland Branch of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners and is presently serves as a committee member. Further Bryan, has been a member of the Taxation Institute for a number of years.

Recent Speaking Events

Date Host Venue Topic


08/08/2018 Queensland Law Society Brisbane Estate administration and estate litigation
07/09/2018 STEP Kingscliffe Chairing certain parts of the program
03/11/2018 Queensland Law Society Gold Coast Panel Member – Questions on Notice


Previous Speaking Events

Date Host Venue Topic
21/09/2011 LexisNexis Brisbane Tips & Traps For the Common Will Drafting Issues
11/07/2012 LexisNexis Brisbane Modern Use of Mutual Wills
05/02/2013 STEP Qld Brisbane Mutual Wills
27/02/2013 Legalwise Gold Coast The Rise of Mutual Wills
28/03/2013 Legalwise Brisbane Estate Planning for Commercial Clients
05/03/2014 Legalwise Brisbane Liabilities of Lawyers in estate planning
22/03/2014 Qld Law Society Symposium Brisbane Advanced Tips for Assessing Capacity
30/05/2014 Qld Law Society Symposium Gold Coast Powers of Attorney – Remedying Losses in Estates
31/10/2014 Qld Law Society, Succession Law & Elder Law Residential Gold Coast Mutual Wills – A Reason to Sue
11/03/2015 Conexus Financial Sydney Notional Estates & Other Estate Planning Issues
27/05/2015 Qld Law Society Brisbane Succession Law Masterclass– Client Interview Technique
19/03/2015 Legalwise Brisbane Powers of Attorney – Remedying Losses in Estates
12/09/2015 Legalwise Brisbane Testamentary Trusts for Vulnerable Beneficiaries
06/11/2015 Qld Law Society, Succession Law & Elder Law Residential Gold Coast Suspicious Circumstances
09/02/2016 Legalwise Brisbane Will Disputes – What Accountant’s need to know
05/03/2016 The Qld Justices Association South Pine Branch Brisbane Witnessing Wills and Enduring Instruments
19/03/2016 Qld Law Society Symposium Brisbane Solicitors’ Duties in advising Trustees and Attorneys: Practical Steps to Protect Yourself
21/06/2016 Qld Law Society Brisbane Estate administration and estate litigation
05/10/2016 College of Law Brisbane Workshop concerning the running of a succession law practice
27/10/2016 CPA Australia Brisbane Live Chat: Dangers for accountants being executors of an estate
02/08/2016 Television Education Network Webinar Balancing Asset Protection and Control in a testamentary trust
16/08/2016 Bespoke Lifestyles Brisbane Legal Business Structures for Vulnerable Persons
31/03/2017 Legalwise Brisbane Lies, Dammed Lies and Testamentary Trusts
24/05/2017 Qld Law Society Brisbane Estate Administration & Estate Litigation
07/10/2017 Qld Law Society, Succession Law & Elder Law Residential Gold Coast Tips and Traps in Estate Planning
01/11/2017 STEP Qld Brisbane Difficult Will Clauses
27/03/2018 Legalwise Brisbane Will Drafting: Drafting to Avoid – Common Challenges
21/06/2018 Legalwise Brisbane Give it Back! Financial Elder Abuse and the Recovery of Assets


Media Appearances

He has appeared on A Current Affair several times as a legal expert.

Bryan Mitchell quoted in The Courier Mail: “This is the first time in Australia a judge has given effect to a statutory will, or codicil, for reasons of tax and asset protection.” The court made a ruling on what the man, who suffers from dementia, would have wanted prior to falling ill.

Bryan Mitchell, quoted in The Courier Mail regarding a lawyer who failed to execute a will for a woman who died while he was on holidays.

Bryan Mitchell, quoted in the Financial Review that “parental generosity should rarely be couched as a gift.” A gift of $160,000 to help their son and daughter-in-law purchase a home goes badly as a divorce looms.


If you’d like to contact Bryan to discuss a speaking engagement or media appearance, please fill in the following form or phone 07 3373 3633.