Ann Janssen has a passion for estate planning law and is special counsel and the divisional head of Estate First Lawyers. She is a Queensland Law Society accredited specialist in succession law and has over 20 years of experience in estate planning law. She is noted for delivering innovative solutions to blended families and strategies to prevent inheritances going 'L' shaped (that is, to stop inheritances from ending up in the hands of unintended recipients). Ann also deals with the estate planning matters in the firm which involve complex advice regarding how various structures pass on the death of key participants, such as self-managed super funds, companies and family trusts. She is a keen advocate of testamentary trusts as a tax effective tool in inheritance planning.
Ann has an Arts degree majoring in Economics as well as a Law degree with Honours from the University of Queensland. She also graduated with a Master of Business Administration in 2004, taking out the Graduate School of Management prize for best MBA of the year. Understanding balance sheets and tax & super issues are an indispensable part of the legal services Ann offers her client's.
Ann is a member of the Australian Tax Institute, The Society of Trusts and Estate Practitioners, QLD Law Society, Women in Super and Mensa Australia.
Ann is a noted speaker on her pet subjects of estate planning and business. She has spoken at Universities, Legal and Financial Symposiums, financial planning groups and their clients, marketing groups and law firms. Ann has the ability to present complex estate planning information in a powerful but simplified way. She calls her speaking style 'infotainment' – valuable information presented in an entertaining format drawing on colourful stories and insights that she has experienced over the years.