Recorded Webinar: When Executors Fall Out and Other Executor Conundrums


Date: Friday 7th August 2020
Approximate Length: 1 Hour

The appointment of joint executors is not unusual. Nor is the potential for things to go wrong. This session looks at what can happen when joint executors fall out and the type of orders a court can make. It includes:

  • Duties of joint executors and how they should be exercised
  • Key issues to consider when deciding on joint executors:
    • Is an executor a surviving spouse?
    • Who are the beneficiaries?
    • Executors interests conflicting with beneficiaries interests
    • Complexity of estate
    • Likelihood of will being challenged
    • History of co-executors
  • Executor’s obligation to explore solutions to any dispute
  • Problems with settlements involving executors:
    • What do you protect?
    • What if beneficiary does not consent
    • Risks in settling
    • Mediation
  • Powers of a court - removal and the appointment of an administrator
  • Costs orders that can be made against warring executors
  • Rights to commission where there are disputes
  • Risk management to deal with executor deadlock
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Ursula Stanisich, Barrister & Mediator, Melbourne

Ursula practises exclusively in the areas of wills & estates, equity and trusts.

Ursula’s trial experience includes disputes as to testamentary capacity, suspicious circumstances surrounding the making of wills, passing over executors, trust claims, family provision claims (including contested extension of time applications), the making of court authorised wills, informal will applications, executor’s commission applications, removal of executors, estate accounting, construction of wills, cy-pres applications, application of the forfeiture rule, professional negligence claims in relation to wills and deceased estates, and acting on behalf of the Legal Services Commissioner in disciplinary proceedings involving the administration of deceased estates and executor’s commission.

Ursula is a nationally accredited mediator and a full member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP). She is named as Preeminent Wills & Estates Litigation Barrister–Victoria and Leading Wills & Estates Litigation Barrister-Australia in Doyle’s Guide 2018.  She has also been named in Doyle’s Guide in 2017, 2016 and 2015.

Ursula has presented numerous papers to various groups on topics related to succession law and has written papers published in the Wills and Probate Bulletin. Prior to coming to the Bar, Ursula completed articles at the Crown Solicitor’s Office, worked at both the Magistrates’ Court and the Family Court and was employed as a commercial/civil litigation solicitor for six years.


This webinar is suitable for succession lawyers – Australia wide. This webinar is for practitioners with some knowledge in this area and looking to improve their knowledge.

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Product Code: WBCAUG20
 Price:  $198.00 (Inclusive of GST)
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