Madeleine is a lawyer and an equity partner of Elliot Tuthill Solicitors. Madeleine is one of only 64 Accredited Specialists (Wills & Estates) in the State of New South Wales. A mere 3 are located in the Sutherland Shire.
Madeleine’s early career was with the Rural Bank of New South Wales which she believes instilled in her a careful and methodical approach to book keeping and a complete knowledge of banking at branch level. Madeleine left the bank to marry and to travel extensively to United Kingdom and Europe. Madeleine has two adult children and three grandchildren. She has enjoyed skiing in many wonderful areas of the world and is an avid fan of the Wallabies and the Australian Cricket Team. Her travels have created in her a great interest in other countries, languages and cultures and an understanding that all people have different capacities and different opportunities but remain entitled to be appreciated for their worth.
With her banking/bookkeeping background and her more recent legal studies, Madeleine understands the way in which accounting and law interact in the various areas of law in which she practises: family law, succession and estate law, trusts law, superannuation and commercial litigation.
Madeleine’s accreditation ensures she has thorough knowledge of the recent amendments to the New South Wales succession laws and has given presentations to lawyers and other charitable institutions on the topic. She keeps up to date with current issues and regularly attends quarterly meetings of the accredited specialists in Wills & Estate Law.
Her career has involved her in the hearing and the appeal of commercial litigation matters. She has had many successes at Court with matters that involve claims upon estates, acting both for executors and for claimants.
Madeleine’s primary focus is to solve her clients’ legal problems quickly and without incurring too much pain and expense. This is not always possible, of course, but she finds great reward in helping her clients settle a matter with a sensible and fair approach. Many of Madeleine’s matters have finalised by her preparing documents that reach agreement by both sides rather than requiring mediation or the potentially expensive and stressful process of litigation.
Madeleine served as the Secretary to the St George Sutherland Law Society from 2009-2013 and Treasurer from 2014-2017. Through these roles, Madeleine liaised with many lawyers in the regions of St George and Sutherland Shire, various officers of the Law Society of New South Wales, Judges and Barristers.