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Kurt Topper, Stacks Heard McEwan

Kurt leads Stacks Heard McEwan’s Wills and Estates team. He is the youngest lawyer to achieve the rank of Accredited Specialist in Wills and Estates Law, a title bestowed by the Law Society of New South Wales in recognition of superlative expertise. Kurt is the only Accredited Specialist in Wills and Estates Law in the Illawarra and South Coast region. He assists the firm’s clientele in all aspects of estate planning, the administration of deceased estates and contested wills or estate disputes.

An esteemed member of the firm for more than ten years, Kurt is a knowledgeable and skilled solicitor with extensive experience in not only wills and estates, but also in the broader area of commercial law.

Kurt’s particular focus is on pre-empting and preventing future problems that may arise from family disputes, personal and business risks or vulnerabilities and unexpected taxation implications.

With an appreciation of the increasing diversity of family dynamics and the various ways in which wealth is owned and accumulated, Kurt helps clients navigate through often highly technical matters and provides solutions to ensure the most effective succession of wealth, whilst seeking to balance family interests and promote family harmony.

Naturally empathetic and a stickler for details, Kurt works with clients and their accounting and financial advisors in a collaborative and comprehensive style, focusing on individual needs and objectives to provide considered, tailored advice and representation.

An Honorary Solicitor of the St Vincent De Paul Society, the Salvation Army and Wollongong & South Coast Legacy, Kurt also shares his legal expertise in presentations for local professional networks.

In his remaining time, he is a committed endurance runner. Regularly competing in ultramarathons with distances up to 240km, he enjoys the mental and physical challenges this growing sport presents. A member of local and national running groups, he can often be found training for the demanding sport in the mountainous Illawarra escarpment.