Our Team

Angela Cornford-Scott

Director

The director of the firm, Angela Cornford-Scott, has over 25 years of experience in wills and estate matters and is recognised as one of Queensland’s pre eminent lawyers in these matters. She is an accredited specialist in succession law and specialises, and practices, exclusively in the area of succession law.

Angela has extensive experience across all areas of estate planning, trust and estate administration and litigation relating to trusts and estates. She is regularly appointed by the court to take over and complete the administration of estates where the executors have been removed as a result of a dispute.

Angela has also been involved in advising charitable organisations and been involved in a number of court applications to clarify or secure the use of funds for charitable organisations. She has worked with executors and beneficiaries in many difficult matters over the years and has the skills to keep clients calm and assured through what can be a very stressful and emotional process.

Angela can be relied upon to provide clear, practical and commercial advice regarding all wills, estate and trust matters. She has a thorough knowledge of the law and her years of experience enable her to explain complex and difficult issues in a way in which clients and beneficiaries can easily understand.

Angela is a mother of twin boys and enjoys spending time with her husband, sons and their dog. She tries to keep fit and healthy so she can maintain a good balance, and also enjoy nice food and wine.

PRACTICE AREAS

· Estate Planning
· Trust law
· Estate Administration

QUALIFICATIONS

Bachelor of Business, University of Southern Queensland
Bachelor of Laws, Queensland University of Technology
Diploma of Legal Practices, Queensland University of Technology
Accredited Specialist – Succession Law, Queensland Law Society (2001)
Executive Education Program, Harvard Business School (2008)

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Accredited Specialist

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Honours & Awards

Pre-eminent – Wills and Estates Litigation, Doyles Guide Australia, 2021

Market Leader – Wills & Succession Planning, Doyle’s Guide Queensland, 2021

Pre-eminent – Wills & Estates litigation, Doyles Guide Queensland, 2021

Lawyer of the Year – Wills & Estates, Best Lawyers Australia, 2022

Lawyer of the Year – Wealth Management/Succession Planning Practice, Best Lawyers Australia, 2020

Pre-eminent – Wills and Estates Litigation, Doyles Guide Australia, 2020

Pre-eminent – Wills, Estates and Succession lawyer, Doyles Guide Queensland, 2020

Market Leader – Wills and Estate Litigation, Doyles Guide Queensland, 2020

Best Lawyer (Trusts and Estate and Wealth and Succession planning),  Australia – Best Lawyers Guide, 2020

Pre-eminent – Wills, Estates & Succession Planning Lawyers – Doyles Guide Australia, 2019

Pre-eminent – Wills & Estates Litigation Lawyers – Doyles Guide Australia, 2019

Best Lawyer for succession planning in Brisbane – Best Lawyers Guide 2019

For a full record of my earlier accomplishments, please visit my LinkedIn profile

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Rebecca Burness

Lawyer

Rebecca is an accredited specialist in succession law. She has experience in estate planning and estate administration matters, with a particular passion for estate planning.

Rebecca was born in Dalby and lived there and in other country Queensland towns (due to her father’s work) before completing her high school education at Glennie in Toowoomba. She then went on to study law and commerce at the University of Queensland while residing at St John’s College on campus.

Rebecca completed her articles of clerkship in Toowoomba before heading down to Brisbane where she worked in a specialist succession law firm for 10 years. It was during this period that she developed her passion for succession law and decided to undertake the extra study to become an accredited specialist in the area.

Rebecca is a mother of three children. She and her husband recently relocated to Buderim where they hope to enjoy a more relaxed lifestyle while raising and educating our family and utilising flexible work practices to meet our work commitments. Spare time is something Rebecca dreams about at the moment, but she does always manage to find time to read a good book. She also enjoys long walks on the beach on weekends.

As a succession lawyer, Rebecca particularly specialises in estate planning and estate administration where she prepares for and attends to the transmission of wealth for her clients. She finds succession law both challenging and interesting as it touches on so many other areas of law, such as taxation, superannuation, trusts, bankruptcy and family law. Proper estate planning is an important and worthwhile exercise for the benefit of your family members to reduce any additional stress in dealing with unnecessary administration issues or disputes that may have been minimised or avoided.

PRACTICE AREAS

· Estate Planning
· Trust law
· Estate Administration

QUALIFICATIONS

Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws (Hons), University of Queensland
Accredited Specialist – Succession Law, Queensland Law Society (2007)

Member of

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Accredited Specialist

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Honours & Awards

Recommended – Leading Wills, Estates & Succession Planning Lawyers, Doyle’s Guide Queensland, 2020

 

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Cushla McCormack

Lawyer

Cushla has experience across all areas of succession law - estate planning, estate administration, estate litigation and QCAT guardianship and administration matters. Her particular interests are in estate planning and estate administration.

Cushla’s previous experience in corporate and commercial law gained at top tier law firms enables her to provide practical and strategic advice and solutions to clients in preparing their wills and enduring powers of attorney and establishing and reviewing trusts and other entities for succession planning and asset protection purposes. Drawing on her experience in estate administration and litigation, Cushla is able to assist clients in preparing an estate plan that not only reflects their intentions but also minimises the risk of a dispute arising in the future.

Cushla considers it a privilege to assist clients in all aspects of the administration of deceased estates. In advising executors and beneficiaries, Cushla is empathetic and aware of the impacts of stress and conflict during what is a challenging time. She provides guidance and pragmatic advice through the stages of estate administration, with a focus on resolving disputes that may arise in a sensitive but commercial and cost effective manner and with a view to avoiding litigation where possible.

PRACTICE AREAS

· Estate Planning
· Trust law
· Estate Administration

QUALIFICATIONS


Honours & Awards

Our support team

We have a wonderful and experienced team behind us at Cornford-Scott Lawyers. From left to right are some of our key support staff.

Marissa Veukiso, paralegal

Trish Grundon, paralegal

Jacqui Dhawan, Office Manager

Maryam Catania, paralegal

Our support team

We have a wonderful and experienced team behind us at Cornford-Scott Lawyers. From left to right are some of our key support staff.

Marissa Veukiso

Trish Grundon

Jacqui Dhawan

Maryam Catania

Paralegal

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Office Manager

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Our support team

We have a wonderful and experienced team behind us at Cornford-Scott Lawyers. From left to right are some of our key support staff.

Marissa Veukiso

Paralegal

Trish Grundon

Paralegal

Jacqui Dhawan

Office Manager

Maryam Catania

Paralegal