Carla Parsons & Frances Fredriksen – Accredited Specialists in Succession Law (Qld)

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Our Services



At Parsons Law we practice exclusively in Succession and Elder 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 also appreciate that ageing is challenging, not only for the individual but also for the individual’s family. At Parsons Law, we provide advice and assistance to help navigate those challenges and protect and promote the rights of our elder clients.



All of the team at Parsons Law are experienced, knowledgeable and passionate about Succession Law.

Each of our Carla Parsons and Frances Fredriksen have been appointed as Accredited Specialists in Succession Law in Queensland, a prestigious honour currently held by only 45 lawyers in Queensland. Carla and Frances have also both been named in the Doyles Guide of leading lawyers for their expertise.



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.

  • Estate Planning
  • Elder Law
  • Estate Administration
  • Estate Litigation
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The Team at Parsons Law aim to provide you with specialist advice and guidance, in a manner that respects the individuality and the different needs of our clients.


Carla Parsons

Director Accredited Specialist (Succession Law) (QLD)

Carla Parsons is the founder and Legal Practitioner Director of Parsons Law Pty Ltd and is one of only 45 Accredited Specialists in Succession Law in Queensland. She has extensive experience in all areas of Estate Planning, deceased estate and trust administration and Estate Litigation.

Carla has been recognised since 2017 in Doyles Guide as a Leading Lawyer in respect to her practice in Wills, Estate & Succession Planning and Estate Litigation Lawyers in Queensland.

Carla has been recognised since 2020 in Best Lawyers and has further been named as the “2021 Lawyer of the Year” for her work in respect to Trusts and Estates, Brisbane and “2022 Lawyer of the Year” in respect to her Wealth Management / Succession Planning Practice, Brisbane.

She is a regular speaker and presenter and a current committee member of STEP (Queensland).

Frances Fredriksen

Special Counsel Accredited Specialist (Succession Law) (Qld)

Frances Fredriksen is a specialist Wills & Estates lawyer. After over ten years of practice with a leading private client practice, in a large firm, Frances founded the boutique and specialist practice of Fredriksen Legal and joined the team at Parsons Law in the role of Special Counsel.

Frances Fredriksen is a highly regarded Succession and Elder Law practitioner and is also one of only 45 Accredited Specialists in Succession Law in Queensland. She has extensive experience in all areas of Estate Planning, Elder Law, deceased estate and trust administration and Estate Litigation.

Frances has been recognised since 2017 in Doyles Guide as one of the Leading Estate Litigation Lawyers and Leading Wills, Estate & Succession Planning Lawyers in Queensland. She was also recognised in the 2022 list for Best Lawyers.

She is a regular speaker and presenter and an Associate member of the Tax Institute.

Penelope Wells

Senior Associate

Penelope joins the Parsons Law team with over 15 years’ experience in estate planning and estates. Penelope has worked as a solicitor in Queensland since 2011, with extensive knowledge in estate planning and structuring. This is coupled with experience in the administration of estates in both Queensland and New South Wales. She takes a keen interest in superannuation and tax matters that impact wills and estates.

Penelope holds a Masters in Tax from UNSW (2017) and a Masters of Comparative Law from the University of Adelaide and the University of Mannheim (2010). Penelope has been a member of STEP since 2021.

Vy Tran


Vy joins the Parsons Law team with a keen interest estate litigation. Since her move from Brisbane, she has focused and assisted clients to navigate through their complex estate problems across jurisdictions. Vy also has experience with assisting clients with their simple to complex estate planning and estate administration matters.

Vy graduated from QUT (Gardens Point) in 2011 with a Bachelor of Law and Business (majoring in Finance) and brings to the team her background knowledge in Corporate, Commercial and Property law.

Sarah Taylor


Sarah joined the Parsons Law team in 2019. During her time in practice, Sarah has gained experience in Succession Law (Wills and Estates) across various jurisdictions and Personal Injury litigation.

Sarah has also, at varying times since 2016, taught in the Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice at Bond University in the Property Law Practice, Wills and Estates Practice and Civil Litigation Practice modules.

Sarah has recently changed roles within the firm to commence a project as a Precedent and Knowledge Management lawyer.

Shona Stromer


Shona joined the Parsons Law team in 2022. She was admitted as a solicitor to the Supreme Court of Queensland in 2021 and to the High Court of Australia in 2022. Shona had 7 years’ experience as a paralegal in Wills and Estates prior to becoming a solicitor.

Shona has a keen interest in Succession Law and endeavours to undertake a Masters in Wills & Estates majoring in Estate Planning.

Originally from Brisbane, Shona has called the Gold Coast home for the past 18 years. She looks forward to assisting clients in their Estate planning and Estate administration matters.

Belinda Wilson

Executive Assistant

Belinda is the Executive Assistant at Parsons Law.

Belinda has brought with her nearly 30 years’ experience in the legal profession. She has had exposure to a wide range of matters. Belinda prides herself on providing prompt and high-quality service with a willingness to assist clients.

Lesley van der Veen

Accounts Manager

Lesley is the Parsons Law team accounts manager and will also be here to warmly greet you in person or by phone and to help organise your next meeting with us.

Cassandra Elvin

Accounts and Administrative Assistant

Cassandra has just joined the Parsons Law team in the position of our Accounts and Administrative Assistant

Clinton Parsons

Operations Manager

Clint is the Operations Manager for Parsons. In his role he is responsible for ensuring the operational activities of the business and is also a key contributor to the strategic direction of the firm

Carla and Frances are backed by a knowledgeable and supportive team which includes both lawyer and paralegal support. The Team at Parsons Law are all here to assist and collaborate with you on your matter.

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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

Suite 202, Level 2,
Emerald Lakes Town Centre,
3027 The Boulevard,
Carrara QLD 4211

07 5522 9272