Rachael Hocking Senior Associate

Rachael is a highly experienced wills and estates lawyer. She acts on behalf of individuals, families, trustees, trustee companies and businesses in all aspects of estate planning, estate administration and litigation concerning trusts and estates, and is also actively involved in trust, superannuation and family asset disputes. She is passionate about advising individuals and families to ensure their estate planning is comprehensive and appropriately meets their needs. This often includes working through complex personal and financial structures.

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Her experience includes:

Estate planning

  • Preparation of Wills, Powers of Attorney, Appointment of Medical Treatment Decision Makers, Advanced Care Directives and Binding Death Benefit Nominations
  • Reviewing and advising on trust deeds (including self-managed superannuation deeds)

Estate administration

  • Applications for Grants of Probate and Letters of Administration (including complex grants)
  • Obtaining a reseal of a foreign grant (whether interstate or international)
  • Administering estates and transferring assets
  • Advising executors and trustees in relation to their duties and obligations
  • Advising beneficiaries about their rights


  • Working towards a sensible solution of any disputes
  • All aspects of litigation arising out of deceased estates with particular emphasis on
    • Trust and Superannuation disputes, and
    • Testator’s Family Maintenance Claims (a claim for provision or further provision)
  • VCAT Guardianship and Administration matters
  • Contesting validity of testamentary documents including capacity issues
  • Construction proceedings
  • Advising on the appointment and removal of executors and trustees
  • Negotiation and mediation
  • Debt recovery
  • Enforcement of orders

Rachael is an Accredited Specialist in Wills & Estates (with the Law Institute of Victoria) and a member of the Society of Trust and Estates Practitioners.

Hours to suit you

We appreciate that your time is valuable, and for this reason, we are happy to offer consultations by telephone, skype, or email, to suit your needs.

You can also start the process of your Wills consultation by engaging in our interactive form online.  Initially you will be asked a series of questions about your situation and asked to nominate matters you wish to specifically address.  The second stage of our interactive form will ask you detailed questions regarding your current circumstances.  If you wish to progress and meet with one of our lawyers, those instructions will then be provided in summary to our lawyers, to ensure that your first meeting with them is meaningful.

You will not be charged for using our online form.

Click here to start your estate planning with Rachael

Click here to start the Probate process with Rachael

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Separation, re-partnering and intestacy

Posted By and on 15/06/21 at 2:54 PM

Intestate estate where deceased twice ‘tribally married’ – Re Estate of Bunduck [2021] NTSC 12 (unreported BC202103987) The deceased was an Indigenous man who died intestate. He was survived by his wife and four adult children. He had married his wife in a tribal ceremony. The Northern Territory intestacy provisions require that where the value … Read more

Electronic signing laws – in effect from 26 April 2021

Posted By and on 26/04/21 at 9:39 AM

You may recall we recently posted that the Justice Legislation Amendment (System Enhancements and Other Matters) Bill 2021 had passed through parliament dealing with electronic signing on a permanent basis. A number of provisions set out in the Act and the accompanying regulations come into operation today, 26 April 2021. In particular: Part 11 which … Read more