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The Hon. Tom Gray QC on Elder and Succession Law




Law Society of Tasmania

CPD Points



Law Society of Tasmania

28 Murray Street Hobart, TAS

Staffordshire House (videolink)

56 Charles Street Launceston, TAS

Rae & Partners Devonport (videolink)

13 Fenton Street Devonport, TAS

McLean McKenzie & Topfer (videolink)

41 Cattley Street Burnie, TAS

CPD Guide: 1.5 (SL)

The Society is delighted to welcome to Hobart the Hon Tom Gray QC, former justice of the Supreme Court of South Australia.

This seminar will be delivered in two parts:

Part I - Ethical responsibilities of wills and estates lawyers (1 hour)

  • Acting for the elderly - the making of wills and the issues that arise.
  • Testamentary capacity.
  • Problems facing the family legal practitioner and dealing with families when taking instructions.
  • Family / intergenerational conflicts of interest.
  • Issues arising from blended families in an estate and trust context.

Part II - Removal of inflammatory words from wills (30 min)

  • The meaning of inflammatory – what are inflammatory words; the test to be applied.
  • A practical and entertaining exploration of some interesting case studies.



Speaker Bio

Thomas Gray QC was a Justice of the Supreme Court of South Australia between 2000 and 2016.  He sat at first instance and on appeal on both civil and criminal matters, including in the Environmental Land and Valuation Division and Probate list. He was admitted in 1969 and initially practised as a solicitor in the areas of common law and crime.  In 1981 he joined the independent bar, taking silk in 1984.  At the bar, he primarily appeared in large commercial disputes.  He also had a broad appellate practice which included a range of civil and criminal matters.


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