Carla Parsons – Accredited Specialist in Succession Law (Qld)

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At Parsons Law we practice exclusively in Succession Law. This covers:

We aim to help you – be it to protect and pass on family wealth and assets, maintain family relationships, assist in the administration and finalisation of the estate of a loved one and support the overall fulfilment of testamentary wishes.



We will work with you and your trusted advisors to achieve a result focused outcome. We believe in providing transparency in respect to legal costs and will aim to provide you with an up-front fixed fee for your legal matter, wherever possible.

Knowledge is important – we will keep you fully informed and updated throughout the course of your matter.



Carla Parsons is one of only 44 lawyers who have been appointed as an Accredited Specialist in Succession Law in Queensland.

The Queensland Law Society’s Specialist Accreditation program is designed to formally recognise practitioners who hold a high level of competency, experience and knowledge in their area of expertise. It also acts as a guide post, for both the public and others within the legal profession, as to practitioners who are leaders in their area of law.

Both Carla Parsons and Parsons Law are proud to be named on the prestigious 2017 List and 2018 List of best Lawyers and Law Firms in Queensland. Doyles Guide is a comprehensive and independent guide to Australia’s best lawyers, law firms and barristers.



Parsons Law provides expert advice and assistance in all areas of Succession Law in Queensland.

In addition to assisting clients, Carla also provides consulting services to other legal practitioners and law firms in complex Will and deceased Estate matters.

You can find out more about Carla’s specialist skills here

  • Estate Planning
  • Estate Administration
  • Estate Litigation
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Carla Parsons - Director, providing you with specialist advice and personalised service in all areas of Will and deceased Estate law



Carla Parsons is the Legal Practitioner Director of Parsons Law Pty Ltd and is one of only 44 Accredited Specialist in Succession Law in Queensland. She has extensive experience in Wills and Estate matters and offers specialist advice and professional service.

Carla has been recognised on the 2017 and 2018 Doyles Guide as a Leading Wills & Estate Lawyer and as one of the recommended Estate Litigation Lawyers in Queensland. In line with her areas of focus, she has completed a Masters of Applied Law majoring in Wills and Estates. She also sits on the executive board of STEP (Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners) Queensland. She is a regular speaker and presenter and a passionate educator (at both Bond University and the College of Law) of new lawyers and the next generation of leading Will and Estate lawyers. Carla started her career in law through the traditional ‘5-year Articled Clerk’ path, resulting in the distinct advantage of many years of ‘hands-on’ training. Throughout her legal journey to date, Carla has also had the advantage of the guidance and tuition of experienced and respected mentors. You can find out more about Carla’s legal experience and journey here

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Ambre Langdown | Associate

Ambre was admitted as a solicitor in 2008 to the Supreme Court of Queensland and joined the Parsons Law team in 2018. She has a Masters of Law from the University of Wollongong as well as a double degree of a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice from Griffith University.

Ambre has practiced extensively in the areas of Succession law (Wills and Estates), Commercial/Business law and Property law. Prior to being admitted as a solicitor Ambre also worked as a conveyancer/paralegal on the Gold Coast whilst she was undertaking her university studies which has contributed to her many years of knowledge, hands-on practical experience and expertise. Since joining the Parsons Law team, Ambre now practises exclusively in Succession Law.

Ainsley O’Keefe | Associate

Ainsley joined the Parsons Law team in 2017 and holds a double degree in Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Business from Griffith University, where she graduated with Honours. Ainsley is admitted as a Solicitor in the Supreme Court of Queensland and the High Court of Australia

After working in Commercial, Property and Succession Law for a number of years, Ainsley now practices exclusively in Succession Law. Ainsley is currently completing a Masters of Applied Law majoring in Wills & Estates through the College of Law, which allows her to continue to develop her skills in an area of law which she is passionate about. Ainsley can assist you with your Estate Planning, Estate Administration and Estate Litigation needs whilst focusing on achieving the best outcome for you in the most efficient manner.

Ainsley prides herself on building a strong rapport with her clients and providing sound legal advice to guide clients through what otherwise may be a difficult time.

Christie Belsham | Lawyer

Christie joined Parsons Law in 2017 whilst finishing her placement component of the
Bond University Practical Legal Training Program.

She has recently returned to the Gold Coast after spending the last five years in Brisbane completing her undergraduate degrees. She graduated from the Queensland University of Technology in 2016, with a Bachelor of Law and a Bachelor of Business (Management). In late 2017, Christie completed her Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice which was followed by her admission to the Supreme Court of Queensland as a Lawyer in October 2017.

Christie has recently enrolled in the Wills and Estate Applied Law Masters Program taught at the College of Law, with a focus to enhance her skills in all aspects of Estate law.

Lesley van der Veen is also a key member of the Parsons Law Team. Lesley prides herself on excellent client care and communication. She will be there to assist you with your queries, keep you updated on your matter and organise your next meeting with us. At Parsons Law, our team is here to support and collaborate with you.

Publications and presentations

Publications and presentations

Teaching and Learning

Carla is an Assistant Professor at Bond University, teaching the Wills and Estate elective in the Practical Legal Training (PLT) program. This role enables Carla to share her knowledge and skills with graduate lawyers, with an aim to equip the next generation of lawyers with practical legal and advocacy skills in Succession Law.

Carla is also an Adjunct Lecturer with the College of Law, teaching the Foundations of Wills & Estates Practice subject in the Masters of Applied Law program. Through this role, Carla is able to mentor, guide and teach other Succession Lawyers with an aim to enhance their on-the-job skills and opportunity to become the next practice-area leaders.

Publications and Presentations

Carla’s most recent papers and presentations include:

  • STEP (Qld) – Estate Administration Tips & Traps (#STEPNEXTGEN) (21 February 2018)
  • QLS Symposium – Complex Property issues in Estate matters (10 March 2018)
  • QLS Symposium – Succession Law case update (17 March 2017)
  • Queensland Law Society – Testamentary Trust Essentials (16 November 2016).
  • STEP (Qld) – Trust & Estate Administration – What’s Hot Right Now (Annual Conference, September 2016).
  • QLS Succession and Elder Law Residential – Cases and Developments for your practice toolkit ( 6 October 2017)





Academic Achievements

In addition to the successful completion of the Queensland Law Society’s Specialist Accreditation program in 2015, Carla was also awarded the Highest Achiever’s award in Succession Law.

Carla also holds a Masters of Applied Law (LL.M), majoring in Wills and Estates.

Knowledge sharing

With a passion for education and training, Carla can also offer other legal practitioners and wealth management professionals with tailored Will and Estate training and education sessions. Contact Parsons Law to find out more.

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Client Information

As we offer tailored and outcome-focused solutions, at Parsons Law the first step will be to arrange a meeting with us. To prepare for the meeting we will provide you with a checklist of what documents and information may be relevant or helpful to bring along with you. As part of our personalised approach, we are also happy to meet with you at our office, your advisor’s office or if you prefer your home or business (on the Gold Coast or in Brisbane), whatever is most suitable and convenient.
We also appreciate that your Estate Planning, Estate Administration or Estate Litigation meeting may be a sensitive and emotional experience for you. With a view to ensure you are comfortable and prepared for the meeting, we will also provide you with information and guidance publications and materials before our first meeting.

It is our aim to ‘partner’ with you in respect to your Will and Estate law needs.

Advisor Information

If you are a wealth management professional or fellow legal advisor, the professional, independent and specialist Will and Estate Law advice offered by Parsons Law may be of benefit and assistance to you and your clients.

At Parsons Law we adopt a collaborative approach with colleagues and advisors, so as to achieve timely result-focused outcomes for clients. We have developed processes, procedures and templates to ensure a seamless and unified approach.

Contact Parsons Law to find out more

Law Talk

What is Estate Planning

What is Estate Planning

Estate Planning is a holistic approach to preparing a succession plan. It is the practice of making sure you have suitably tailored arrangements in place to ensure that all your testamentary wishes are captured and a transition plan is implemented for all of your…

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Estate Administration – What’s involved

Estate Administration – What’s involved

It may include the process of obtaining a Grant of Probate /Letters of Administration and will involve steps such as attending to accounting and taxation requirements, identifying and settling debts and liabilities, identifying and collecting assets and …

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A snapshot on Estate Ligation

A snapshot on Estate Ligation

Litigation over the estate of a loved one can arise for a number of different reasons. It may be as a result of a concern as to the validity of the Will itself or because someone feels that they have not been provided for sufficiently in the …

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Contact Details

Parsons Law Pty Ltd

PO Box 670
Mudgeeraba QLD 4213

Suite 3
1 Bell Place
Mudgeeraba QLD 4213

07 5522 9272