About us

We’re a long-established Tasmanian legal firm, with a modern attitude and progressive approach.

The Simmons Wolfhagen philosophy is to use our wide experience and broad range of skills to provide an effective and personally-focused service for every one of our clients.

Our team of lawyers offer a full spectrum of legal services in a variety of areas, including:

  • Business acquisitions, partnerships, company and commercial law
  • Conveyancing, property development, easements and subdivisions
  • Family and de facto relationship law
  • Wills, estate planning and administration of estates
  • Commercial litigation, general litigation and dispute resolution
  • Local government, environment and planning law
  • Employment and industrial relations law
  • Bankruptcy, insolvency and securities enforcement.
  • Insurance law, personal injury law
  • Building construction and engineering law

Founded in 2000

200 people in their team

Practice areas
Elder Law
Employment & Labor

Languages spoken

Social media

Practice areas

Elder Law

Estate Planning
Will & Testament

Estate & Trust Litigation

We provide strong and effective representation to those involved in disputes involving estates, trusts and superannuation.

Our Expertise 

Having strong and effective representation when you are involved in a dispute involving an estate, trust or superannuation can be essential to navigating the process, and pursuing an acceptable resolution. 

Disputes involving an estate or trust can be particular complex, and often personally difficult for those involved.   This can be a complex area, and having an expert lawyer on your side who knows the law and the process can greatly assist.

We explain the Court process to you, and guide you through it.   Our lawyers have experience in Court appearances and conducting final hearings, including acting as solicitor and as counsel (advocate).    We have a select group of expert barristers who we regularly work with, and can assist you to choose the right one for your matter.

You will be kept fully informed as your matter progresses, and will have our assistance to formulate and implement litigation strategies.    We will guide you as to the cost at various stages, and about the cost risk of litigation in your particular case.

Mediating and negotiating resolutions for our clients is important to us.

Estate & Trust Litigation forms an important part of our full service litigation services.    We feel that our lawyers include several of the most experienced and capable litigation lawyers in Tasmania.

We can help you with: 

  • Disputes about testamentary capacity.
  • Disputes about the formal validity of Wills.
  • Making (or defending) claims against an estate pursuant to the Testator’s Family Maintenance Act 1912 (Tas).
  • Making (or defending) claims relating to the administration of an estate or trust.
  • Construction of Wills (interpreting what a Will means).
  • Rectification of Wills (fixing problems with Wills).
  • Statutory Will applications, representation and advice.
  • Disputes between beneficiaries and Executors, and between beneficiaries and Trustees.
  • Equitable disputes, including estoppel and constructive trust claims.
  • Disputes and claims involving acts by Attorneys.
  • Disputes involving family farms.
  • Advice and representation in relation to Guardianship & Administration Board proceedings.
  • Agency services for law firms located outside Tasmania.

Wills Dispute Lawyers for Tasmania

Making a Will, and updating it if your circumstances change, is an essential aspect of your overall financial affairs. It’s incredibly important to ensure that the best interests of you and your family’s financial estate is always legally protected to prevent any tumultuous will disputes between your loved ones.

If you’re considering planning your estate or wish to update your existing Will, act today to make sure your financial affairs are secure in case the unexpected happens. For years, Simmons Wolfhagen Lawyers have been considered as one of Tasmania’s most trusted Will dispute lawyers and estate planning firms. Contact us to see how our experienced team of Will dispute lawyers can protect your best interests in court today.


Employment & Labor

Employment Rights
Job Discrimination
Labor Law

Tasmanian Employment & Industrial Relations Law

The employment and industrial relations law landscape can be a tough one to navigate, especially for those who have not had to deal with these laws previously. Thankfully, we’re here to help people approach these laws with a distinct understanding and confidence.

If you have been involved in an incident in the workplace, contact a Simmons Wolfhagen lawyer for advice or representation in relation to all employment and workplace relations matters, or simply for an update as to how the Fair Work Act 2009 and other employment legislation affects you or your business.

We understand the importance of developing human resources and workplace relations strategies that assist you to achieve your business and personal goals. Our lawyers are experts in employment law and workplace relations, and can advise on, negotiate and implement awards and enterprise bargaining agreements in a range of industries. We can also provide workplace training in relation to changes to legislation and how to proactively develop human resource strategies in line with changes.

Experienced employment lawyers here for you

Our specialists in workplace relations law can appear in courts and tribunals on your behalf, and we can advise on matters relating to investigations by the Fair Work Ombudsman.

We have extensive experience in advising on employment and workplace disputes, including termination of employment, industrial action, internal disciplinary proceedings and anti-discrimination issues.

At Simmons Wolfhagen, we value long-term relationships with our clients and pride ourselves on finding practical, flexible and timely solutions. We use our knowledge to effectively inform you of the process every step of the way, making sure that you don’t feel like an outsider during the proceedings and in your dealings with us. We’re not just regular Hobart employment lawyers – we’re here to make sure our clients receive the assurances they deserve.


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