Ms Elise Croft

Membership category: Full Member i

'TEP' status denotes full membership of STEP and is the top level of STEP membership. TEPs are fully qualified practitioners with proven qualifications and experience. They can use the letters 'TEP' after their name. TEPs must adhere to STEP's Code of Professional Conduct.

Unit 37, 44 Kings Park Road
West Perth

Email: [email protected]
Telephone: (08) 6263 4488
Practice Areas: Contentious trusts and estates, Dispute resolution, Elderly and vulnerable clients, Rural family, business and agriculture, Wills and probate
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STEP Western Australia
Western Australia Branch Committee

Having acted for private clients, statutory corporations, SMEs and large corporations, including financial institutions, I have a broad range of experience in commercial dispute resolution. My focus is on achieving proactive solutions, providing clients with as much certainty as possible when they find themselves in uncertain situations - whether they be contemplating litigation or defending it.

Despite my broad experience base, I have particular experience in contentious estate matters. I have appeared for plaintiffs and defendants on a myriad of Family Provision Act claims, a number of which have raised complex questions and overlap with corporate, criminal and bankruptcy law. There have been a number of occasions where my general litigation experience has helped to resolve these types of matters.

The following are a few examples of the types of contentious estate disputes I have been involved in:
- A Family Provision Act claim where the estate consisted of a private company shareholding with barriers to sale.
- An application for letters of administration involving a dispute over the paternity of alleged children of the deceased, including matters of DNA evidence.
- An insolvent estate requiring the unwinding of a transaction to defeat creditors.
- Family Provision Act claims involving special disability trusts.
- A Family Provision Act claim against an extremely small estate that warranted the fixing of practitioners’ legal costs.

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