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.

Upcoming Speaking Events

Date Host Venue Topic
03/03/2020 Legalwise Seminar for Accountants Brisbane Strategic Structuring for Estate Planning and Asset Protection: How to Protect Clients in Life and in Death
10/03/2020 Legalwise Seminar for Solicitors Brisbane Strategic Structuring for Estate Planning and Asset Protection: How to Protect Clients in Life and in Death
13/03/2020 QLS Symposium Brisbane What on Earth does it mean? The construction of Wills, including self-made Wills and informal Wills

Previous Speaking Events

Date Host Venue Topic
06/12/2019 SA LAW Society Trust Conference Adelaide The Dead or Deranged Trust
22/11/2019 STEP Worldwide Special Interest Group London Financial Elder Abuse in Queensland
01/11/2019 QLS Succession & Elder Law Conference Gold Coast Wills gone Wild: drafting difficult clauses
13/09/2019 STEP QLD Annual Conference Kingscliffe Closing remarks at Conference
18/07/2019 – 19/07/2019 Tax Institute: Death & Taxes Conference Gold Coast Settling the context: Why is advising in the area of estates increasingly important?
19/06/2019 Disability Carer’s Group Brisbane Future planning for a child with a disability
10/06/2019 CPA Australia – Hong Kong Hong Kong Australian Estate Planning Risks – Death, Divorce & Dementia
21/05/2019 Queensland Law Society Brisbane Masterclass Workshop Panel: Complex Estate Administration
16/05/2019 – 17/05/2019 STEP Australian National Conference Brisbane Chairing aspects of Conference
03/11/2018 Queensland Law Society Gold Coast Panel Member – Questions on Notice
07/09/2018 STEP Kingscliffe Chairing certain parts of the program
08/08/2018 Queensland Law Society Brisbane Estate Administration and Estate Litigation
21/06/2018 Legalwise Brisbane Give it Back! Financial Elder Abuse and the Recovery of Assets
27/03/2018 Legalwise Brisbane Will Drafting: Drafting to Avoid – Common Challenges
01/11/2017 STEP Qld Brisbane Difficult Will Clauses
07/10/2017 Qld Law Society, Succession Law & Elder Law Residential Gold Coast Tips and Traps in Estate Planning
24/05/2017 Qld Law Society Brisbane Estate Administration & Estate Litigation
31/03/2017 Legalwise Brisbane Lies, Dammed Lies and Testamentary Trusts
16/08/2016 Bespoke Lifestyles Brisbane Legal Business Structures for Vulnerable Persons
02/08/2016 Television Education Network Webinar Balancing Asset Protection and Control in a testamentary trust
27/10/2016 CPA Australia Brisbane Live Chat: Dangers for accountants being executors of an estate
05/10/2016 College of Law Brisbane Workshop concerning the running of a succession law practice
21/06/2016 Qld Law Society Brisbane Estate administration and Estate Litigation
19/03/2016 Qld Law Society Symposium Brisbane Solicitors’ Duties in advising Trustees and Attorneys: Practical Steps to Protect Yourself
05/03/2016 The Qld Justices Association South Pine Branch Brisbane Witnessing Wills and Enduring Instruments
09/02/2016 Legalwise Brisbane Will Disputes – What Accountant’s need to know
06/11/2015 Qld Law Society, Succession Law & Elder Law Residential Gold Coast Suspicious Circumstances
12/09/2015 Legalwise Brisbane Testamentary Trusts for Vulnerable Beneficiaries
19/03/2015 Legalwise Brisbane Powers of Attorney – Remedying Losses in Estates
27/05/2015 Qld Law Society Brisbane Succession Law Masterclass– Client Interview Technique
11/03/2015 Conexus Financial Sydney Notional Estates & Other Estate Planning Issues
31/10/2014 Qld Law Society, Succession Law & Elder Law Residential Gold Coast Mutual Wills – A Reason to Sue
30/05/2014 Qld Law Society Symposium Gold Coast Powers of Attorney – Remedying Losses in Estates
22/03/2014 Qld Law Society Symposium Brisbane Advanced Tips for Assessing Capacity
05/03/2014 Legalwise Brisbane Liabilities of Lawyers in estate planning
28/03/2013 Legalwise Brisbane Estate Planning for Commercial Clients
27/02/2013 Legalwise Gold Coast The Rise of Mutual Wills
05/02/2013 STEP Qld Brisbane Mutual Wills
11/07/2012 LexisNexis Brisbane Modern Use of Mutual Wills
21/09/2011 LexisNexis Brisbane Tips & Traps For the Common Will Drafting Issues


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.