Jill draws on her depth of experience in Estate Planning and Estates work in our team at BAL. She advises on and drafts complex Wills, ACT and NSW Enduring Powers of Attorney and other estate planning documentation applicable to these jurisdictions. She aims for pragmatic solutions to estate planning and estate disagreements.
Jill also advises on superannuation death benefit issues, and has a sound knowledge of retirement village structures and aged care contracts. She very efficiently obtains grants of probate in both the ACT and NSW and expedites the sometimes complex administration of estates once the grant has issued.
Jill has practised law for more than thirty five years, during which time she built a thriving legal practice in the inner south of Canberra, which was initially known as Jill McSpedden and Associates. Prior to this she was employed in the Insurance Commission and the Trade Practices Commission, now known as the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.
Jill has been a member of the ACT Consumer Affairs Council, a member of the ACT Credit Tribunal and a member of the ACT Law Society’s Professional Conduct Board. She has also been a member of various committees of the ACT Law Society, including the Property Law Committee, the Insurance Law Committee and the Elder Law Committee. In 2007 Jill was a founding member of the Estate Planning Group, which comprises local lawyers, financial advisors and accountants. Jill was recommended in 2016 and 2020 as a Leading Wills, Estates & Succession Planning Lawyer in Doyles Guide.
In July 2008, Jill welcomed Christine Harvey to Jill McSpedden and Associates and the firm became known as McSpeddenHarvey. In the following decade, the firm continued to prosper as a well- established and recognised boutique legal services firm, focusing on estates, estate planning, conveyancing and business law. Jill and Christine joined BAL Lawyers Estates and Estate Planning Team in January 2020.
Jill’s reputation as a will drafter is renowned – she is known colloquially in the local profession as the “Queen of Wills” and the “Queen of Parts”. Her philosophy is that well-considered and well-drafted estate planning documents are the best way of mitigating against estate disputes.