LawyerRob and three generations of his family have assisted Brighton and Bayside families with legal matters for over 60 years. Many of our clients are 2nd or 3rd generation clients of our founding firm, R T Breen and Co. Rob manages all of the firm’s property and conveyancing matters.
LawyerMelissa heads our estate planning team and helps clients structure simple and sophisticated wills and powers of attorney. She brings extensive legal experience and can deal with complex situations such as blended families and vulnerable beneficiaries. Melissa has a very friendly manner and is passionate about helping families and individuals. An accomplished presenter, Melissa is regularly asked to speak on estate planning issues by community organisations and referrers such as accountants and advisers.
LawyerJenny has been a Law Institute of Victoria Property Law Accredited Specialist since 1994. She has broad experience in property law ranging from the sale and purchase of residential, commercial and rural properties, acting for developers in the subdivision and sale of vacant land and buildings, Owners Corporations, equity release products and commercial leasing acting for both landlords and tenants. Jenny enjoys meeting clients, whether they wish to purchase their first home, downsize, enter a retirement village or develop their real estate, and advising them on the relevant law and how it affects their proposed transaction.
LawyerMelissa Bartal is an experienced Probate lawyer who understands that dealing with the death of a loved one is a difficult and stressful time. Melissa ensures that clients are guided through the process in a calm and compassionate manner. She has a wealth of experience in dealing with all areas of Estate Administration including obtaining grants of Probate, Letters of Administration, administration of simple and complex estates as well as advising beneficiaries when they are unsure of their entitlements.
LawyerBernie advises individuals and businesses on all aspects of estate planning including taxation consequences of asset disposals. He is particularly experienced in dealing with succession issues for family trusts, superannuation funds and complex family arrangements. Bernie oversees the firm's dispute and litigation practice.
Licensed ConveyancerAmani is a valued member of our property team and assists corporate and individual clients purchasing and selling real estate. She manages all associated online registrations while also handling numerous transmission and transfer transactions arising from our significant Probate practice. Amani was admitted to overseas legal practice in April 1994 and brings to this role significant experience in a variety of property transactions.
Law ClerkJenny is an experienced law clerk who provides invaluable support to our probate, property and estate planning teams. Jenny has particular experience in assisting clients with probate and estate administration matters.
Catherine is our Administration Manager and Receptionist. She assists with management reporting and the smooth running of our office. All appreciate her friendly and engaging manner.
Emma assists in the reception and administration manager roles. She helps welcome clients to our office and assists with our management systems.
Accounts ManagerPrue is a highly experienced bookkeeper and manages the firm's financial and accounting obligations including our trust accounts.