B.Ec., LL.B., Acc.Spec.(Wills & Estates), TEP
Peter Baltins began his law career in general practice in 1981 becoming a partner at Willis & Bowring in 1992. Since that time Peter has focussed on the areas of Probate & Deceased Estates administration and litigation and is now a Law Society Accredited Specialist in Wills & Estates. Due to Peter’s expertise in this area he was invited to join the NSW Law Society’s Committee on Elder Law & Succession Law. He receives numerous referrals in this area from other lawyers.
Peter is also interested to adopt quicker and cheaper alternate dispute resolution techniques for the benefit of his clients, and his interest in this area has led him to qualify as a Mediator.
As a graduate of the Quality in Law course on total quality management, Peter understands the need for efficient systems and procedures in the delivery of legal services. Peter is a member of Best Practice Lawyers and regularly introduces improvements to the practice gained by the open sharing of ideas by this network of solicitors dedicated to a process of continuous improvement.
Peter is a panel solicitor for the NSW Trustee & Guardian (formerly known as the Public Trustee of NSW). However, Peter is free to take on cases against that organisation.
In 2017, Peter was admitted as a full member of the Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners due to his accreditation as a specialist and his extensive experience in the fields of estate administration and litigation.”
Peter Baltins is a Law Society Accredited Specialist in Wills & Estates and has over 30 years experience in Deceased Estate work. Peter can assist with Family Agreements to alter the distribution of assets under a Will, advice on administering estates and testamentary trusts, claims for executor’s commission and Wills and Estate Litigation.
Peter has delivered the following papers to the New South Wales Accredited Specialists in Wills & Estates:
- Testamentary Dispositions or inter Vivos Transaction
This paper explores the fundamental reasons why some assets change hands on death pursuant to a Will and others by a contractual arrangement entered into during one’s life, eg. superannuation, jointly owned assets, partnership agreements; and
- Citations to See Proceedings, Res Judicata, and Ritchie v Malcolm  2 IR 403.
This paper deals with the shortcomings of the Supreme Court’s procedures designed to bind all interested parties to the outcome of Court proceedings. In January 2013 the Supreme Court amended its rules to partly overcome these short comings.
On 5 May 2014, Peter presented a discussion paper on the appropriate method for professional executors to charge for carrying out that work following a recent judgment by Justice Lindsay in the Supreme Court of NSW in the Estate of Gowing.
Peter has also delivered a paper to Best Practice Lawyers on “The Business of Probate”. This paper deals with best practice procedures in administering estates including instruction forms, checklists, precedent letters, being an executor and service delivery.
On 12 June 2013, Peter presented a seminar on the Administration of Estates to the legal profession as part of the professional mandatory requirement of continuing education.
On 21 November 2013, Peter was chairman of a series of lectures on “Estate Disputes” at the University of NSW CBD campus.
Peter was also on the Elder Law & Succession Committee in 2013, 2014 and 2015.
In April 2014, Peter’s article “Fighting over the Family Farm” was published in the Law Society Journal. This deals with a family provision claim by grandchildren and the way in which the Court used expert evidence to assist it in deciding whether the family farm should be divided.
In 2015, Peter gave talks to Best Practice Lawyers and the Succession Lawyers of the St George & Sutherland Law Society on executors and conflicts of interest.
Peter’s paper on “Executors: When Duty & Personal Interests Conflict” was published in the March 2016 edition of the Law Society Journal.
On 30 March 2016, Peter presented a seminar on “Probate & Estate Administration” for Legalwise at the University of NSW.
On 9 June 2017 Peter shall be delivering a continuing Legal Education seminar to practising lawyers on the practice management & business skills aspects of estate administration.
Peter is also listed in the Doyles 2016 listing of leading Sydney Wills & Estates Litigation Lawyers which details solicitors practising within the area of Wills & Estates Litigation, Disputes and Contested matters in the New South Wales legal market who have been identified by their peers for their expertise and abilities in these areas.
- Probate & Deceased Estates
- Public Notary Services