Barbara Houlihan

Barbara Houlihan

Group information
Special Counsel
+61 7 3001 2954

Barbara has a wide range of general legal experience spanning most areas of practice. She has practised as a lawyer for more than 34 years.

Barbara's expertise includes:

  • Commercial litigation and dispute resolution – all aspects including:
    • Partnership and company disputes;
    • Property disputes, and
    • Professional liability.
  • Estate litigation – including:
    • Family provision applications;
    • Contesting Wills on testamentary capacity grounds;
    • Statutory Wills;
    • Rectification applications, and
    • Trust disputes.
  • Family law – including:
    • Financial issues – providing advice, undertaking settlement negotiations, mediations and representing parties in contested applications;
    • Binding financial agreements – drafting and advising on agreements made before, during and after marriage, and
    • Parenting/children issues – advising, negotiating and representing parties in contested applications.

During her professional career Barbara has had wide and varied experience undertaking the role of executor of estates and as statutory trustee for sale of property.

Barbara focuses on establishing strong and long standing client relations.  She currently acts for third generation members of families with whom she has had a professional association for over three decades, providing legal advice, guidance and action in respect of their personal, testamentary and business interests.

Qualifications: 
Bachelor of Laws | University of Queensland
Memberships: 
Queensland Law Society
Society Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP)
Legal Practice Committee (Qld) - a disciplinary body established under the Legal Profession Act 2007
Admission: 
1982 Supreme Court of Queensland
1982 High Court of Australia
Related Services: 
Contract - Disputes and Enforcement
Estate Planning
Estate Administration
Disputes with Executors or Administrators
Statutory Wills or Court Ordered Wills
Testamentary Trusts
Wills
Interpretation of Wills
Intestacy - where there is no Will
Power of Attorney and Guardianship Disputes
Challenging a Will
Dispute Resolution
Asset and Wealth Structuring and Protection
Invalid Wills and Wills Containing Mistakes
Disputes where there is no Will
Powers of Attorney and Advance Health Directives
Mutual Wills
Advice on Divorce and Separation
Negotiating Settlement of Financial Issues
Property Settlement
Compulsory Mediations
Court Consent Orders
Binding Financial Agreements
Superannuation
Wills