Working in Wills and Estates, Naomi says it gives her the opportunity to meet many different people. “It’s really good to meet with people at all stages of their life,” she says. “So, that part is really rewarding and more people-focused than I would have thought. It’s very interesting to become a part of someone’s life in that way and be able to understand their circumstances.”
“As a Will and Estates lawyer, you can learn all about people and try to understand them so you can structure a will that’s going to work best for them and meet their desired outcomes. It’s something that looks different for everyone, so it’s exciting and rewarding to problem-solve in that way.”
JCU Alumni and Associate at wilson/ryan/grose Lawyers, Naomi Seymore.
Even in more difficult or sad circumstances, Naomi says she can help people navigate a difficult time of grief and complicated paperwork. “If I’m working with a family after someone has passed, it’s obviously an awful experience for them and something that’s hard to navigate. I’m able to be compassionate and understanding about what’s happening in their lives, and be the person who takes away the heavy paperwork and legislative burden,” Naomi says.
Naomi says Wills and Estates also involves a range of legal work. “Wills and Estates is a varied area of law. You may be working on an estate administration matter, which involves assisting a family after their loved one has passed away. You might assist with locating a person’s Will (if there is one), locating and collecting their assets and paying any outstanding liabilities.”
“You are able to help people understand what tasks need to be done to complete an estate and allow them to move on to grieving their loved ones without a heavy administrative burden,” Naomi says.
“Then there’s estate litigation, which is another varied area of law. You may be working on a matter where someone is claiming they were not properly provided for in a Will, claiming the person did not have capacity at the time of making their will, disputes over ownership of assets or even matters where the court has appointed an independent person to administer the estate,” she says. “So, I get to do a wide variety of work, including court work. I get to do all those exciting parts of the law that you imagine when you do a law degree.”