201 Elizabeth Street
Sydney NSW 2000
575 Bourke Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
231 North Quay
Brisbane QLD 4000
1 Farrell Place
Canberra ACT 2601
111 St Georges Terrace
Perth WA 6000
Level 30, Westpac House
91 King William St
Adelaide SA 5000
Contact Armstrong Legal:
Sydney: (02) 9261 4555
Melbourne: (03) 9620 2777
Brisbane: (07) 3229 4448
Adelaide: (08) 8410 0055
Perth: (08) 9321 5505
Below are a number of testimonials from our contested wills clients.
You can read about what previous clients have said about our family lawyers. You can also click through to the lawyer's profile.
"During almost 1 year of contact with Serenay whilst she handled my affairs I found Serenay to be very professional and reassuring. Serenay was always prompt with any queries that I had, and I had many, nothing was an inconvience and Serenays' attitude was always professional as well as friendly. Serenay had an amazing way of making me feel comfortable and that she was looking after me and my claim. Serenay was always reassuring and positive. I could go on and on about what an incredible person Serenay is, but hopefully you already know that. Once again I cannot express to much how I appreciate Serenay and her guidance."
"Patrick Lin made the difficult process so much easier by explaining every step of the process and being accessible when I needed to make contact, in some cases after hours. He took the time to understand my situation and gave advise accordingly. Because of the nature of the case he showed understanding and empathy when I was most stressed."
"I’d just like to say thank you and how grateful I am for the way in which Patrick conducted himself throughout my contesting of my mother’s Will.
Patrick showed genuine care and compassion toward my wellbeing and mental state during the whole time.
Patrick always explained things so I could easily understand the process and why, and the legal terminology so it wasn’t a jumble of crazy words that I had to try and make sense of.
He walked with me through the process step by step making the journey easier."
"I just wanted to say that my dealings with Armstrong Legal and in particular, Serenay Kalkan, who took on my case, was handled in a very professional way and was informed at each stage of the contested will of my Mother’s Estate.
Serenay kept me up to date with information on the case and also sending emails explaining the procedures in a succinct manner each time. I am very pleased and grateful with the outcome.
First contact with Serenay was very informative and she came across as very professional but, compassionate at the same time.
I would like to sincerely thank Serenay and parties involved and would highly recommend Armstrong Legal to any friends requiring legal help with contesting wills."
"Patrick handled our matter with complete care and professionalism whilst being compassionate and understanding. Even though ours was a relatively small estate he gave it his full attention and we always felt in the loop."
"I engaged Armstrong Legal to assist me with the execution/probate of my mother’s deceased estate being the executor of a will that was likely to be challenged by disgruntled family members.
I wanted to be absolutely sure that her final wishes and the intention of the will were honoured in the way she would have wanted. As fate would have it after engaging Armstrong Legal documents were served by said disgruntled family members. It was a great decision as it turned out.
I was assigned Serenay who assisted and guided me through this distressing process. She was able to offer me choices and advice that assisted me in following process whilst she navigated the legal process liasing with other family members legal representation.
Serenay tried to keep costs to a minimum as the estate was modest. She was extremely supportive during this difficult time and her frank advice was much appreciated.
I achieved the outcome I desired which was granting of probate due to the diligence and professionalism of Serenay and Armstrong Legal.
Once probate was granted I was able to commence my administrative duties as expected and with some solid parting advice from Armstrong Legal continue this heavy task without the stress of threatened legal actions.
Throughout this whole process, I found Serenay, and Armstrong Legal, to be professional in every aspect, the advice given has saved me a lot of money, time, and the potential for further conflict was removed.
I would highly recommend Armstrong Legal, and in particular Serenay Kalkan, to anybody requiring assistance in dealing with probate or Will related matters. They ensured everything was done quickly and efficiently, all the while keeping you informed as the case progressed."
"Firstly, to the staff secretaries answering my queries. I was treated with warm regard and prompt service, never forgotten when an answer could not be given or, I could not be put through to Mr Lin immediately. They were always polite and instilled a sense of confidence.
Secondly, assisting counsel was always prompt and helpful. Lastly, I cannot recommend my experience with Mr Lin highly enough as he showed me respect, compassion and listened. From the very beginning, he represented what justice should be and fought for what I believed was right and just. He showed the utmost of diligence, genuine care and worked through each battle we faced with specific knowledge. When we did not have answers, Mr Lin rightly consulted superiors and specialists that helped greatly with crucial decisions.
I wish Mr Lin a long and distinguished career and thank him greatly for his expert services."
"I am happy with my case. Thanks to Armstrong Legal and particularly to David Evans!"
"I would recommend your company to others and especially tell them to ask for Patrick to handle their matter. Patrick at all times was professional, friendly, took a keen interest in my case and in helping me any time I had a concern or problem. I think he makes a very good addition to your team and would use his services again if needed."
"Seranay was a great help with my case and was a great help i would highly reccomend Armstrong Legal."
"I would happily use Armstrong Legal again on any future occasion where I need legal advice or representation."
"Patrick was wonderful very friendly and down to earth. He made you feel comfortable and explained everything clearly and not in jargon which is really important when dealing the public.
I would recommend him to anyone that needed his services."
"I would like to offer my thoughts on Serenay Kalkan during our dealings with her in our matter.
When Serenay took over from our previous lawyer I have to say I was quite traumatized by what I had already been put through by him, I was grieving the loss of my father and the awful circumstances surrounding his death and the vile treatment I had received by my siblings, Add to that I had been diagnosed with 2 further serious medical conditions, so as you can imagine Serenay had her hands full.
I have to say Serenay handled my concerns and my case with the utmost professionalism , and compassion. Her manner when dealing with me, was always concise and calming, while still being very careful to convey very accurate information to my case.
Serenay helped with everything regarding our mediation , including recommending accommodation suited to my disability, and in fact, met us at the said accommodation and (very slowly) escorted us to the mediation centre and return.
Armstrong legal should be very proud of this extremely capable young lady, she is such an asset to your firm. I would have no hesitation in recommending Serenay and indeed Armstrong legal to anyone."
"Patrick was very professional, very efficient and caring towards my case. I was going through a difficult time in my life and Patrick basically took all the stress away in regard to my succession legal matter. I will always highly recommend Legal Armstrong's and Patrick's legal services in the future. I thank you for the discount that was offered and not requested from myself. Again thank you for all your services and a special thankyou to Patrick."
"I am writing to you regarding Serenay and how she dealt with handling my case over the past two years or so.
I could not be more happy with all my communications and dealings with Serenay. She has always been extremely helpful each time I have spoken to her, and this even included calls after hours.
She has always handled herself in a most professional manor and I would have no trouble in referring her to anyone else that needed help in this way.
I wish Serenay all the very best in her future and Career at Armstrong Legal and further."
"We found the whole experience in dealing with Armstrong Legal from finding your firm on the Internet through consultation, negotiation and resolution of the estate, extremely professional and well managed. Thank you."
"I am very happy with the service of Armstrong legal and everyone who worked on behalf thank you. I would particularly like to mention Patrick Lin who handled my case from the first phone call through to settlement. He kept me informed, sometimes daily and I think he worked hard for my case. I think Patrick has a very good approach to his clients through his personality and his professional dealings in his work. I think he would be an asset to anyone he worked with. I wish him all the best in his future plans. It was nice to meet you Patrick."
"We would like to thank you for the personal attention from Serenay and the efforts of Armstrong Legal since the beginning of this matter in March 2016. It has been a great comfort during a time of emotion and stress to have been associated with a team of professionals."
"Thankyou so very much for all your hard work and your compassion, it's meant a great deal to me. I'd like to also thank your team for their help in my case. I shall recommend your company in the future."
"What a relief that it is finally over and I would like to thank you very much for all your time and effort – it has certainly been a long journey. "
"I was diagnosed with brain cancer just before my father died. My father left a highly contentious will and as the executor, with a serious illness, I needed a law firm that would take on the burden of administration. I didn't trust the law firm my father employed to provide an honest service, I therefore went on line to find that very firm I could trust. I found Armstrong Legal, enquired about their services and was put in contact with Mr Lin of the firms Contested Wills team. From the very beginning Mr Lin was polite, empathic, listened and asked questions about my situation and my families and was compassionate and reassuring. Over the course of the next 10 months Mr Lin worked hard for what I believed to be right and just, and whilst I was off the mark with what I thought to be so, Mr Lin took this into account, advised me of what the law saw to be right and just. Because of this advice I saved much in fees, and where I thought we needed more information on a matter, Mr Lin rightfully referred to seniors and specialists in the field of contested estates. Had I not had Mr Lin fighting for me, I believe I would have spent a great deal of not just money, but emotional energy that I did not have whilst I was going through the rigors of cancer treatment. I greatly thank Mr Lin and the excellent team at Armstrong Legal for their wonderful service, and I wish Mr Lin a long and distinguished career. "
"Thank you so much for your very competent assistance."
"I wanted to thank you again for all your hard work and diligence in the resolution of our matter.I, for one, am happy with the result. Thanks for attending to the huge amount of detail, your clear intelligent advice, and for making yourself available. You were a pleasure to work with and very supportive through the whole process."
"Alun was very professional and personable. He communicated his recommendations through each step of the case clearly, and was lovely to deal with."
"Just a quick note to thank you for the absolutely outstanding service you provided me. You were very responsive and attentive throughout the matter. I am very grateful for your advice, thrilled with the outcome and relieved at how smoothly it all went."
"Thank you for your time and in particular, your transparency with this case.
To be quite honest and from a client's perspective, I appreciate the volume of information that you request as i am a believer in being 'armed with knowledge', especially when it comes to legal matters. Such detail also demonstrates that Armstrong Legal are taking the time in this case to get the best possible outcome, so I really appreciate it.
Furthermore, Armstrong Legla have demonstrated a greater standard to the opposition when comparing affidavits. When search for a lawyer, it's a risk for the consumer but I have no regrets in choosing Armstrong Legal."
"Serenay Kalkan has helped me through one of the toughest periods of my life. She was my constant guidance throughout a long difficult battle with my late mother's estate. Serenay would advise of the legality of what was happening but also have the empathy that was required to get me through the week ahead. She would explain everything and keep me updated. I'd receive emails or calls late in the day and with the time difference in Perth, it would be very late for Serenay. Serenay has made it so much easier for me to process and finalise my mother's estate, she is a huge asset for 'Armstrong Legal'."
"I am writing this letter as a recommendation for Maree Harris and Armstrong legal for their outstanding legal service, they were efficient, kind and compassionate through a very difficult time and I highly recommend them and would have no hesitation to engage their services again if the need arose."
"I would like to thank my solicitor Maree Harris for all her work in handling my case through to completion. I found Maree had a genuine sense of care for my matter, which I really appreciated, as being left out of my father's will was painful emotionally for me. Maree was very efficient and prompt in all paperwork matters including emails, returning my phone calls and in preparing my affidavit and supporting documentation.
Contesting an estate is a significant paperwork exercise and Maree always responded quickly and efficiently. It was also of great benefit to me that Maree specialises in contesting wills. She new the process very well and the necessary steps involved in contesting an estate. This simplified the process for me.
Whilst Maree's demeanour was warm and friendly, I also clearly witnessed her strength, decisiveness and frankness when dealing with the defendant solicitor. She argued my case and advocated my claim clearly and with determination. Maree's expertise enabled the process to be as streamlined as possible and most importantly we did receive a good financial legacy for me. On conclusion Maree handled my case with professionalism and care. A good financial outcome was achieved for me which will be of great help to me and my family. I thank Maree and Armstrong Legal for handling my matter."
"Thank you for transfering my legacy money, and most importantly for being instrumental in assisting me in receiving it.We did a lot of work together to obtain it. My legacy will make a significant difference for me and my family and definately help mend at some level my unfortunate relationship with my father during the last few years of his life.For that I am very grateful."
"I just wanted to thank you for all the work you have done. I appreciate how you handled the matter and your patience and dilligence in dealing with my matter."
"No matter the outcome, I could not be happier with my treatment by you and by extension Armstrong Legal. You have been compassionate and attentive-never once have I felt reduced to a case number or that my case wasn't important to you. After the case has been settled I would like to work with your internet marketing team to produce an International testimonial. There are many Australians living abroad that would probably feel that they have no redress because they are not IN Australia. I would be more than happy to provide Armstrong Legal with a testimonial aimed to impress upon Global Australians that distance is no impediment to their rights."
"Serenay possesses amazing skills and knowledge in dealing with legal matters which she had emonstrated in a wide range of professional legal practices from managing and assisting lawyers with important documents for trial matters and litigation documents.
I speak from experience that I have been a client of a well-known legal firm which are expert in dealing with expertise on Wills and Probate matters.
Serenay is a caring person who makes every endeavour to ensure that her clients are treated with the utmost care and given the best professional advice and support."
"I want to take the opportunity to thank you again for all your assistance and patience you provided during this estate settlement. Your manner and professionalism has been well received and would highly recommend Armstrong Legal to any friends or family."
"I am writing to you to give you feedback on one of your incredible staff members, Serenay Kalkan.
My father passed away intestate in April 2014 and my brother and I were recommended to Armstrong Legal, as you were the best Wills and Estate lawyers in Australia.
Serenay has been the best support to my brother and myself. She has and continues to bend over backwards for me. Serenay constantly keeps me ‘focused on the prize’, even when I can go off on my 'spoilt youngest child moments'. Serenay is always extremely polite and responds to my million and one questions extremely prompt. She has also had to deal with the opposition’s lawyer, who is known to be extremely difficult to deal with.
Please take this letter as appreciation that Serenay has made to date."
"Extremely pleased at the overall process and support provided."
"I was happy with the final result in spite of the tortuous relations with my brother. It was a relief to be able to rely on advice on how to respond appropriately to the negative responses from my brother."
"Many thanks again for all your help over this awful business. Although I have had a difficult time working through the conflict with my brother, at least it has been a pleasure dealing with you."
Thank you for your hard work and support. I appreciate everything you've done. You are amazing."
"I refer to my matter which we have concluded in the last couple of days, following collaboration for almost two years. I have found you to be highly professional in your approach to your work and exemplary in meeting deadlines, as well as always being approachable and helpful in relation to any problems that may have arisen - and there certainly were more than just a few.
In summary, I can confidently recommend the services of Armstrong Legal in any matter which involves testamentary disputes, challenges to wills and applications for family provision. Thank you for your co-operation and assistance throughout the conduct of a difficult matter."
"I would like to add that I am very happy with the way Armstrong Legal handled the settlement of my late mother’s estate. In particular I found Maree Athanasoupolos to be very efficient courteous and helpful at all times and I would not hesitate to recommend her services to others."
"I would like to thank you for the amazing job you did for us in pursuit of funds from my mother's estate. I believe we have the best outcome and we would not have achieved this without your knowledge and professionalism.
Your honest and open guidance, as this matter was progressing was absolutely refreshing. I also liked the fact that you kept us informed every step of the way.
So thank you so much, we are very happy with the result that you liaised to obtain for us and I would certainly recommend your company to anyone seeking assistance."
Have you been left out of a Will or treated unfairly? We offer a free assessment of your case and a no win no fee policy. We have a specialist team that deals only in Wills & Estates servicing NSW, VIC, QLD, ACT, SA & WA. The law relating to Wills and Estates can often be complex and confusing so we encourage you to make contact with our team.
Contact Armstrong Legal:
Sydney: (02) 9261 4555
Melbourne: (03) 9620 2777
Brisbane: (07) 3229 4448
Adelaide: (08) 8410 0055
Perth: (08) 9321 5505