Tanya Chapman

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Tanya Chapman | Lawyer

Areas Of Practice 

  • Estate Planning
  • Litigation & Dispute Resolution 
  • Deceased Estates
  • Elder Law

Tanya graduated from the University of Canberra with a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Law (Honours). She then studied in Japan as a scholarship recipient and graduated from the International, Economic and Business Law Program with a Master of Laws.

From 2012 to 2015, Tanya was the Senior Content Developer for the Masters Applied Law Programs at The College of Law.

Tanya commenced legal practice in 2015, and since that time has specialised in Wills, Estate Planning, Deceased Estates and Elder Law.

Tanya has a passion for advocating for the rights of older persons and community education to prevent elder abuse and legal disputes for older persons. She is a member of the Hunter Central Coast Elder Abuse Collaborative which is committed to improving awareness of abuse, neglect and exploitation of older persons and efforts to reduce the risk of abuse in our community. She is also a frequent guest presenter at probus, rotary, and seniors’ community events to provide free legal education to older persons.

From 2019 to 2021, Tanya was a Solicitor with the Elder Abuse Service at Legal Aid NSW, Gosford. In that role she was also the creator and host of the Age, Abuse & Justice podcast series published by Legal Aid NSW.

In 2021, Tanya completed the Understanding Dementia and Preventing Dementia courses at University of Tasmania, Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre.

Examples of specific types of matters

Estate Planning
• Providing estate planning advice in relation to asset ownership, family trusts, and business succession
• Providing estate planning advice in relation to family provision claims and contested Wills
• Drafting Wills, Enduring Powers of Attorney and Appointments of Enduring Guardians
• Providing advice and drafting complex Wills including testamentary trusts, life estates, special disability trusts, international Wills, and mutual Wills

Deceased Estates
• Applications for probate
• Applications for letters of administration
• Special grants
• Providing advice and assistance in the administration and distribution of deceased estates

Litigation & Dispute Resolution
• Family provision claims
• Contested Will matters
• NCAT Guardianship Division matters

Elder Law
• Family Accommodation (“granny flat”) Agreements
• Retirement Village, advice and representation:
– to ingoing residents and contract review
– to residents on rights and liabilities
– to outgoing residents
• Family loans and gifts
• NCAT applications and hearings in the Guardianship Division

Qualifications and memberships

Bachelor of Laws with Honours
Bachelor of Arts
Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice
Master of Law
Legal Practitioner of the Supreme Court of NSW
Law Society of NSW
Newcastle Law Society
Central Coast Law Society
EAAA member (Elder Abuse Action Australia)
Hunter Central Coast Elder Abuse Collaborative member
SALT (Senior and Aged Care Living Transition) member

 

Outside of Work

Tanya is a self-identified “law nerd”. She is the creator and host of the legal podcast Just in Case Law where she summarises interesting legal cases. She is also a tutor for the Elder Law subject at Western Sydney University.
Tanya is also a mad animal lover, proud mum of an 8-year-old Rottweiler and will talk to anyone and everyone about their pets.

 

Publications

Just in Case Law podcast

Age, Abuse & Justice podcast (Legal Aid NSW)

Guest on The Grass is Greener podcast, episode on Granny Flat Arrangements

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