FIRST WARNING. Most of these case studies are based on actual cases conducted by Constable Connor, but the facts have been changed somewhat to protect the identity of our clients. However, the changes do not affect the truth or relevance of the outcomes.
SECOND WARNING. Where these case studies come from reported court decisions, that is stated in the text. The problem with reported cases is you don’t often get the full story behind the story.
Asset Rich But Income Poor
The 2009 Victorian Supreme Court case of Unger v Sanchez is famous for opening up the door for claims by non-relatives, a door which had been thought to have been closed some years before. (...) READ MORE
Claims By Non Relatives
For well over a decade now, Victoria has had the most liberal will claims regime in Australia. (...) READ MORE
Competing Financial Needs – Silence From The Opposition
In a typical Constable Connor case, our client has been left out of the will (or does not participate in the distribution to next-of-kin where there has been no will). (...) READ MORE
No Assets Left
A common problem is that the evil relative/partner/carer has taken out insurance during the deceased’s lifetime. (...) READ MORE
What If There Is No Will?
A staggering number of Australians die each year leaving valuable property, but no will. (...) READ MORE
I was the adopted son. My father decided to exclude me from his will in favour of his natural son. (...) READ MORE
I was the adopted son. My father decided to exclude me from his will in favour of his natural son. My brother (the natural son) saw nothing wrong with that. I saw an advertisement for Constable Connor on television and decided to ring them for advice.
This was one of the best decisions I have made in my life. A few short months later, I received $100,000.00 less legal fees. Needless to say, I have no hesitation in recommending Constable Connor for will disputes.
— Ian Reeves
I have recently reread my testimonial and, although it is totally accurate, it just does not tell the whole picture about what was important to me as the client. (...) READ MORE
I have recently reread my testimonial and, although it is totally accurate, it just does not tell the whole picture about what was important to me as the client. I first rang Constable Connor after seeing a commercial on television. I had to build up a lot of courage in myself before I could pick up the telephone. My first telephone contact was with a staff member who explained that she would need some details from me. While telling her about my mother and the will, I became quite distressed. She was kind and patient, telling me to take my time. When we were done, she suggested I put on the kettle, have a cuppa and relax. She told me that a solicitor would be in touch soon.
Well, the solicitor (Peter Connor) rang me a day or so later on a Saturday. I was more than surprised. What solicitor ever rings you on a Saturday? As time went by, I came to understand that Peter and his team are tireless workers and the hour and the day is irrelevant. During my matter, I had a mobile telephone number and access to my solicitor 24/7.
I was kept informed at all times and constantly reassured, particularly when the mediation date came close and I was very fearful about meeting my sister at the mediation. Peter and the staff at Constable Connor made me feel safe and comfortable throughout the whole ordeal. My mother’s estate was modest and the outcome at mediation was fair to both parties.
I could never have attempted to obtain justice without the Constable Connor “no win/no fee/no risk” approach to legal costs. I personally recommend Constable Connor if you have a dispute over a will.
— Janette Woods
My grandmother died in the 1980’s. My father and my uncle were never able to explain to me what happened to her estate. (...) READ MORE
My grandmother died in the 1980’s. My father and my uncle were never able to explain to me what happened to her estate.
I saw an advertisement on television and rang Constable Connor. I spoke to Peter Connor and he patiently explained to me that it was most unlikely that anything could be done but he was happy to investigate “no win/no fee/no risk”.
A few months later, my father and my uncle were richer by about $500,000 each. All in all, as will disputes lawyers, I think that Constable Connor are not too shabby.
— Bob Henry
When my mother died, I found that – as one of only two children – I had been entirely excluded in favour of my sister. (...) READ MORE
When my mother died, I found that – as one of only two children – I had been entirely excluded in favour of my sister. Even worse, I discovered that my mother had transferred her home (her only major asset) to my sister prior to her death. When I contacted Constable Connor, Peter Connor patiently explained to me that we had a "big hill to climb".
About eighteen months later, I ended up with about half of my mother’s estate (minus legal fees). I was satisfied with this result because I was satisfied that Constable Connor did everything in their power to bring about this result at the earliest possible moment.
I was kept informed of the problems and difficulties at every stage and, at all times, I was able to make informed decisions against the background of having the best possible legal advice. Nobody should have to go through the nightmare of a wills dispute. However, if you have no other choice, I am delighted to recommend Constable Connor.
— Glenys Dolny