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Markus Christmann
Principal

About Me

I am a lawyer practising in New South Wales, Australia, as well as in Germany. I have specialised in wills & estates law for more than 10 years.

After being admitted as a lawyer, I began my career as commercial, corporate, and capital markets lawyer. I can still draw on this experience when assisting clients. This background is often useful when assisting clients with their business succession planning or when assisting with the administration of complex estate or client’s estates that have a commercial component.

I spent a significant part of my life as a lawyer being as employee and most recently worked as special counsel for a national law firm.  In these roles I have gained extensive experience in personal and family estate planning, estate litigation and estate administration as well as complicated estate matters that involve an overseas component.

As a principal of  my own firm I enjoy now the freedom and independence of being able to take the time I want to listen to a client, assist clients in the manner I consider value adding and personally the flexibility of work.

Born and raised in Cologne, Germany, I first came to Australia in 2000 to study at the University of Wollongong.  While completing my Master of Laws, I met my wife who grew up in Austinmer. After a number of years living in Germany and Sydney, we feel blessed to be able to return to the Coal Coast with our two school-aged sons.

We enjoy mountain-biking, the beach and the ocean, and contributing to our local community by supporting local businesses and artists

My Qualifications

  • Master of Applied Laws (Wills & Estates- in progress
  • Masters of Laws (International & comparative Law)Applied Law
  • Graduate Diploma in Professional Legal Practice
  • Admitted onto the Register of Practitioners kept at the High Court of Australia
  • Admitted onto the Register of Practitioners kept at the Supreme Court of NSW
  • Diploma of Law (NSW)
  • Admitted as a lawyer in Germany
  • JD Law (Germany)

Estate Planning

Wills
Testamentary trusts
Blended family estate planning
Minor beneficiaries
Overseas beneficiaries
International assets
International beneficiaries
Superannuation
Estate assets
Binding death nomination
International estate planning

 

Estate Administration

Probate
Letters of administration
Collecting assets
Advising executors
Overseas shares
Overseas bank accounts
Medallion signature
Tax
Superannuation

Estate Litigation

Family provision claims
Wills disputes

German Australian law Expertise

German probate
Certificate of inheritance
Dual citizenship
Double taxation agreement
Social security agreement (pension)
German law

 

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