The Directors of Adelta Legal are delighted to announce that from 1 July 2023, Bridget Shinnick and Chantel Cortazzo have been promoted to Senior Associates and Jacqueline Johns has been promoted to an Associate. Bridget is an integral part of our Estate Litigation team. We value her work ethic and dedication to achieve great results […]
The Directors of Adelta Legal are delighted to announce that from 1 July 2023, Bridget Shinnick and Chantel Cortazzo have been promoted to Senior Associates and Jacqueline Johns has been promoted to an Associate.
Bridget is an integral part of our Estate Litigation team. We value her work ethic and dedication to achieve great results for clients.
Bridget is a highly valued member of the firm’s Estate Litigation Team. In her time at Adelta Legal Bridget has obtained a wealth of experience in complicated wills and estates matters, including successfully obtaining grants of probate in matters involving missing wills, and improperly or incompletely executed wills.
Bridget is beloved by her clients, feared by her opponents and always calm under pressure.
Bridget has had great success acting for clients both bringing and defending claims pursuant to the Inheritance (Family Provision) Act. Bridget regularly appears in the Supreme Court and Magistrates Court and has been involved in numerous successful mediations.
Bridget has also assisted many of our clients by appearing before SACAT, helping them to put arrangements in place for the care and protection of loved ones who can no longer care for themselves.
Bridget also assists our clients with:
estate planning, including the drafting of both simple and complex wills including testamentary trusts and clauses dealing with the protection of disabled beneficiaries
preparation of powers of attorney and advanced care directives
estate administration, including complex grants of probate or letters of administration.
Chantel’s passion for law commenced at the early age of 7 on the premise of wanting to assist people in times of need.
After obtaining her Bachelor of Laws from the University of South Australia and Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the University of Adelaide, Chantel worked in both commercial and succession law before developing her interest in the areas of wills and estates.
Now an integral part of our advice team, Chantel has obtained a wealth of knowledge and experience in the last few years in drafting complex wills and handling deceased estates.
For those who have recently lost a loved one, Chantel is a natural empath who prides herself on being able to provide her clients with a service that is holistic in its approach and based in sincerity and compassion.
Specialising primarily in drafting wills and estate administration matters, Chantel can assist our clients with:
estate administration – including obtaining simple and complex grants of probate and letters of administration
estate planning – including the drafting of both simple and complex wills, the review of company and trust documents and providing tailored advice
preparation of powers of attorney and advance care directives.
With exceptional interpersonal skills, Chantel truly understands her clients’ problems and is able to put their minds at ease.
If you are looking for someone who exceeds at creating a comfortable environment, is approachable and easy to talk to, look no further than our very own Chantel to assist you.
Behind the scenes Chantel has a passion for live music, being an avid musician and composer herself, and enjoys a weekend away in South Australia’s wine regions.
Known affectionately as “Jacqui” to clients and colleagues, Jacqui works the field of estate planning, wills and deceased estate administration.
From a grazier and cropping upbringing, Jacqui is resourceful and adaptable to changing circumstances. She continues to instil the farmer’s work ethic in her practice, striving to share her authentic insights into the wills and estates process while maintaining a practical focus on factors such as time and cost. Jacqui offers clients a comprehensive but simplified understanding of their options with a warm and friendly approach.
From a multicultural background herself and spending her student years learning with and mentoring international students, Jacqui offers a great deal of patience and understanding when it comes to clients from different backgrounds, ages and varied levels of English fluency.
It is at the heart of her practice that her relationship with clients is built on confidentiality and empathy.
Jacqui can offer her services in the following matters:
simple and complex wills
powers of attorney
advance care directives
simple and complex probate and letters of administration applications
deeds of family arrangement, statutory declarations and contracts for mutual wills
general advice to executors and administrators
While Jacqui is no longer climbing grain silos and running around shearing sheds, outside of work you will either find her back home in the Murraylands painting landscapes and spending quality time with her family, or in the city indulging on flaky, golden domes of fabulous pastries.