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Greg Cox - Special Counsel

Greg Cox Greg has practiced in business succession planning and estate planning, administration and litigation for over 25 years.

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Greg leads HopgoodGanim’s estate planning and administration practice. Greg has practiced in business succession planning and estate planning, administration and litigation for over 25 years, and exclusively since 2000. His practice includes drafting Wills and memoranda of directions, from the most simple to the very complex; drafting powers of attorney and estate plans; and in the unfortunate incidence of an estate dispute, advising on the most effective dispute resolution strategy.

Greg is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners, and has written and presented numerous papers at seminars for professional associations (including the Queensland Law Society), jointly with clients and business partners, and in-house.

Greg has an in-depth knowledge of the provisions of the Queensland Powers of Attorney Act 1998, the advantages and disadvantages of both a general power of attorney and an enduring power of attorney, the obligations and duties of attorneys, and an understanding of the role that both of those powers of attorney have to play, particularly for companies who have the same single director and shareholder. He also has a comprehensive understanding of Elder Law and issues related to accommodation, property, estate planning, Wills, and superannuation and pension arrangements for elderly clients.

Greg was recently recommended by Doyle's Guide to the legal profession in Leading Estates Litigation Lawyers – Queensland, 2017, as well as receommended in Leading Wills, Estates & Succession Planning Lawyers – Queensland, 2017.

Greg holds qualifications in Law (Honours) and Commerce.

Areas of Practice

  • Advising the Cancer Council Queensland in relation to their rights concerning a number of charitable trusts (each created by a Will) of which they were a beneficiary.
  • Advising both Executors/Trustees and beneficiaries (in separate matters) in relation to the administration of a charitable trust (created by a Will) and an application to the Supreme Court of Queensland for approval of a cy-près scheme.  This advice required an appreciation and understanding of the provisions of the Queensland Trusts Act 1973 and the Charitable Funds Act 1958.
  • Advising on a number of disputes concerning the interpretation and construction of the provisions of a Will and then applying to the Supreme Court of Queensland for directions so as to resolve the dispute in question.
  • Advising both Executors/Trustees and beneficiaries (in separate matters) in relation to the interpretation and construction of the provisions of a trust created by a Will and then applying to the Supreme Court for directions so as to resolve the dispute in question.
  • Advising on and administering the estate of a man who died intestate and was a resident of the Northern Territory, but left assets in Queensland. This involved an understanding of the interaction of the laws applicable to deceased estates in both the Northern Territory and Queensland.
  • Applying for and obtaining a “Benjamin Order” from the Supreme Court of Queensland for the benefit and protection of the administrator of the estate, in circumstances where the deceased died intestate. He was a bachelor without issue and his parents and siblings all predeceased him. While the deceased’s next of kin could be located on his mother’s side of the family, no such next of kin could be located on his father’s side. The order permitted the administrator to distribute the residuary estate to those known next of kin of the deceased on his mother’s side of the family.
  • Obtaining a Grant of Administration from the Supreme Court of Queensland for a Will from the Netherlands, which related to a person who lived and died there. The deceased left a substantial bank account in Queensland, which could not be collected without production of this grant. We needed a thorough understanding and appreciation of the applicable laws in the Netherlands to meet the Supreme Court of Queensland’s requirements.
  • Advising HopgoodGanim’s family law clients on the preparation of Wills, where relationship issues and competing claims are paramount.
  • Advising and preparing Wills for clients whose capacity to make a valid Will is in dispute, including for people subject to mental health orders.
  • Advising a client on asset and inheritance protection, which resulted in the establishment of testamentary discretionary trusts. Advising beneficiaries on making an application to the Supreme Court seeking the removal of a solicitor executor/trustee due to his failure to properly discharge his duties.
  • Advising a client on the review and drafting of complex Wills, taking into account family relationship issues, competing claims, complex corporate structures, a self-managed superannuation fund, and existing life insurance policies.
  • Advising an executrix who wished to acquire an asset from the estate, where the terms of the Will did not expressly permit her to do so. We successfully negotiated the acquisition with the beneficiaries, while ensuring that all lawful requirements were complied with.