Pamela has been a solicitor for almost 30 years, and she has a great deal of experience in the area of wills and probate, and particularly estate litigation.
Pamela commenced her legal career at Northmore Hale Davy & Leake (subsequently Minter Ellison), where she worked for 5 years and became a Senior Associate.
She then spent 13 years with the Public Trust Office, firstly as a legal officer, then as senior legal officer, and finally as Principal Legal Officer. During that period she gained vast and valuable experience dealing with a range of matters, including:
- probate and trust litigation
- proving wills in solemn form probate applications, in particular applications where testamentary capacity was in issue
- seeking directions of the Court on behalf of the Public Trustee
- recovery of assets misappropriated from persons under a disability
- general civil litigation, including guardianship and administration matters
- advice and opinion work, including:
- construction of wills
- order of payment of debts in an insolvent estate
- order of distribution of assets
- tracing of next of kin
- applications to prove informal wills under Part X of the Wills Act 1970
- advising the Public Trustee in its corporate capacity, including:
- legislation and legislative amendments that could potentially affect the Public Trust Office operations
- commercial and conveyancing, including advising on various matters including:
- sale, purchase and leasing of properties
- nursing home and retirement village agreements
- answering requisitions from the Probate Registrar
- vetting and preparing leases for properties owned by the estates of deceased persons and represented persons
- preparation of Deeds of Assignment, Deeds of Family Arrangements, Deeds of Renunciation, Trust Deeds, Deeds of Settlement
- checking wills prepared by Public Trustee Wills Officers and preparing the more complex wills, drafting will precedents and explanatory notes for Wills Officers and Legal Officers
Pamela naturally has a strong interest in succession law and since 2005 has been a member of a working group committee to advise the State government on uniform succession law reform, including the recommendation of amendments to relevant legislation.
Pamela is the Vice-Captain of the Royal Kings Park Tennis Club.
Pamela retains her own firm, Pamela McMahon, where she is a sole practitioner. Pamela and Halsey Legal will work closely on matters where this will give an optimum outcome for clients.
There a few people in Western Australia with Pam's skills and experience, and we are delighted that she will be available to assist our clients.
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