The Question of Capacity
The Question of Capacity
Recording and paper
1.5 CPD units in Ethics or Professional Skills
Presenter: Jane Needham SC - 13th Floor St James Hall
The issue of capacity and how it affects older clients and those of diminished capacity in their ability to make and execute documents, and how a lawyer’s role in testing of capacity has an impact on contested estates after death.
Jane Needham SC was admitted as a legal practitioner on 3 August 1990 and commenced her practice as a barrister. She joined 13th Floor St James’ Hall as one of the foundation members in early 1991. She was appointed Senior Counsel on 29 September 2004.

Jane specialises in Equity and Succession Law and has lectured at University and spoken at professional development conferences on these topics. She provides advice to clients on succession planning as well as acting in all aspects of estate litigation. She has also appeared in significant Inquiries and Inquests, including for large institutions in the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety, and in revenue cases at first instance and on appeal.

Jane was a Judicial Member, then a Deputy President, of the Administrative Decisions Tribunal from 2002-2011 and was the Divisional Head of the Revenue Division. She was the President of the Bar Association from 2014-15 and has served on the Law Council of Australia.

She was named Lawyers’ Weekly ‘Senior Barrister of the Year’ in 2013, Women Lawyers Assoc ‘Woman Barrister of the Year’ and UTS Faculty of Law Alumni Award for Excellence in 2015 and was named one of Australia’s 100 Women of Influence (Fairfax/Westpac) in 2014. In 2016 she achieved a national award, Women in Law’s Barrister of the Year. Doyle’s Guide has listed Jane in its Wills and Estates Litigation Leading Lawyers for Australia list since 2016.

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