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Kate Do

Special Counsel

English, Vietnamese

Wills and estates

"Regardless of the amount involved or who the client is, we use every bit of our training, skills and every ounce of our energy to secure the best results for the client."

Kate is a Special Counsel with Shine Lawyers Wills & Estates practice, delivering expert legal advice to her clients on succession, trust and estate litigation. 

Having worked in the law for almost two decades, Kate has significant experience in succession law and is held in high regard by practitioners in that field.

Kate has been involved in several cases of note on procedural and substantive law:

  • Jobson v Clarke [2021] QDC 320 clarified the Registrar’s power to make consent directions orders in family provision matters and the need to vary, not disregard, directions orders when extra time is required to comply. 

  • Luglio v Freestone [2022] QDC 51 dispelled the myth that a sanction of a family provision compromise was always required whenever a person under a legal disability is a beneficiary of the estate. 

  • Doleman v Doleman, concerns the limited ability of third parties to interfere with the ability of a financial administrator of an incapacitated person to control litigation for that person. 

  • Public Trustee of Queensland v MacPherson, the first modern judicial decision concerning the Public Trustee’s unique ability to obtain judicial advice and direction under the Public Trustee Act 1978 (Qld).

  • Kate received a judicial commendation from The Honourable Ann Lyons in Public Trustee of Qld v Mrs X, for her efforts in ensuring an impoverished woman in a Middle Eastern country received her inheritance from an Australian estate.  Her work in the case was recognised in the October 2016 issue of Proctor.

Recently, Kate’s expertise was instrumental in securing success for her client in two recent cases:

Kate holds degrees in Law and Business majoring in Accounting from the Queensland University of Technology, was admitted as a Solicitor in 2006, and obtained a Master of Laws (Applied Law), majoring in Wills & Estates.

To find out how Kate and the Wills & Estate practice can help you, contact us.

Kate can help you with


  • Bachelor of Laws from the Queensland University of Technology

  • Master of Laws (Applied Law) from the Queensland University of Technology

  • Bachelor of Business (Accountancy) from the Queensland University of Technology

  • Practice Management Course (medium to large practices)

  • Admitted to the legal profession in 2006

Memberships & associations

  • Queensland Law Society

  • Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP)


"I would just like to say a BIG Thankyou to Kate Do. I cannot recommend Kate enough. She was extremely professional and made me feel very comfortable communicating with her. At my uncle's Will mediation, she was patient and made everything easy to understand."


"I have had the pleasure of working with Kate Do from the Estates Litigation team at Shine Lawyers in Brisbane. She has been an absolute pleasure to work with and is an asset to the team. Kate is an extremely knowledgeable and professional lawyer who is always willing to go the extra mile to ensure the best outcome for her clients. She is highly organised and is always on top of her matters, ensuring that her clients' needs are met. She is also great at building relationships with her clients and always takes the time to explain things in a way that is easy to understand. I highly recommend Kate to anyone looking for an experienced and knowledgeable lawyer to handle their estates litigation matters."


"Over the last 12 months Kate has been assisting my family and I in an Estate matter. She is very professional, honest and extremely quick to respond to any concerns we had. We recently settled out of court and the result had exceeded my expectation. I can strongly recommend Kate if you are looking for someone to represent you."

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