Joshua Crowther is an Accredited Specialist in Wills and Estates Law in New South Wales. He joined Stacks Law Firm in Taree in early 2011, handling both wealth protection matters, particularly contested estates, and criminal law matters. Prior to Stacks, he worked at Sparke Helmore in Newcastle, followed by Bromhead Legal in Forster. Achieving honours in both his law and communications degrees, Joshua has been practising law since early 2009 and is a driven and energetic member of the Stacks team.
Always up-to-date with relevant law changes, Joshua’s knowledge of the recently amended Succession Act is of real benefit to his estate planning clients. In particular, he handles many matters for elderly clients and specialises in defending and contesting estates. He has also conducted successful wills and estates matters interstate, most notably in Queensland.
One of Joshua’s passions is ensuring that superannuation is passed on to a deceased person’s intended beneficiaries. Superannuation funds, often overlooked in contested estate matters, play a crucial role in ensuring that claimants of a Will are provided with a legacy. Joshua is able to advise on binding death nominations to superannuation trustees. He has attended the Supreme Court of New South Wales on numerous occasions in contested estate matters, achieving some excellent financial results for clients who believed they were not left with adequate provision from a Will.
A complicated area of law, Joshua has written a thesis about the tax consequences of creating life estates in wills.
He also handles criminal law matters and has achieved some great results for clients who have been charged with drink driving offences. He has written a short thesis about complicity laws (relating to crimes committed in groups) and has previously represented clients charged with serious offences as a legal aid solicitor.
Joshua plays rugby union for the Forster Tuncurry Dolphins and coaches youth rugby union. He is also a black belt in martial arts. Outside of work you may find him on the salsa dance floor (he’s learning) or in front of an easel creating charcoal artworks, which he often submits to local art competitions.
Joshua has often attended nursing home seminars to give wealth protection advice, and has represented criminal clients on a pro bono basis.
He is an empathetic and energetic lawyer who likes to roll up his sleeves and get into the thick of things.