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Karolina Rzymkowska & Christina Ati

Subject Matter in Legal including Estate Planning/Commercial Law and Family Law

As legal specialists for IFSWA, Karolina (or kay as she likes to be known as)  and Christina are our legal subject matter experts in law, and both have their own areas of expertise to help our clients with:

 

  • Wills & Estates

  • Disputed Wills & Estates

  • Business and Commercial Law

  • Family Law and Divorce, and

  • Criminal Law and Restraining Orders.

Under the role of subject matter expert of IFSWA, they provide certainty in relation to our client's wealth, their structural arrangements, and their family law commitments. 

Initially, they review our client's estate planning and legal (entity) documents fully realizing that most clients and their professionals don't understand the operation of estate and family law. 

From that point onwards they identify the needs and wishes of our clients and recommend changes to mirror this with the relevant legal instruments after evaluating the broader implications of the other subject matter experts' financial strategies.

A Bit About Kay and Christina

Kay has practiced in the area of Wills, Estates and Commercial Law for over 16 years and has assisted thousands of clients with all aspects of their personal & business succession planning, estate dispute matters, deceased estate administration and commercial advice and documentation.

When it comes to clients, Kay is known for her warm and caring approach and her collaborative and pragmatic resolution of legal issues. Kay has an ability to communicate complex legal issues in simple understandable terms, ensuring that clients don’t feel overwhelmed by legal jargon.

Kay is also a fully qualified Collaborative Law Practitioner and is a member of Collaborative Professionals WA. This means Kay is able to deliver respectful resolutions of estate related disputes to her clients without the need for litigation. Kay also has a special interest in aged care and holds a management committee position with a local aged care and disability services provider.

Christina is an expert negotiator who focuses on achieving the best outcome for her clients at the earliest opportunity. She places great emphasis on protecting her clients’ interests and resolving matters outside of Court including by negotiation, mediation, collaboration and other alternative dispute resolution.

Whether your matter requires preparing simple or complex settlement documents or requires representation in Court for any reason, Christina takes a strategic, pragmatic and customised approach to each matter. Christina is well versed in Violence Restraining Order matters and has acted for Applicants and Respondents. With a strong focus on resolution, Christina has an excellent track record for achieving the desired outcomes for her clients when negotiating settlements and/or representing them in Court.

With respect to criminal law matters, Christina has represented clients for various charges and in various Courts of Western Australia including charges that hold long imprisonment penalties. Christina has keen interest in providing a vigorous defence and representation to her clients to ensure their rights and liberties are protected.

More information

Education

Qualifications

Former Activities

Other Activities

Kay

  • Murdoch University

  • Curtin University

  • College of Law

  • Chisholm College

Christina

  • The College of Law Australia

  • Murdoch University

Kay

  • Bachelor of Laws

  • Master of Business Administration

  • Post Graduate diploma in legal Practise

Christina

  • Masters of laws

  • Graduate certification in Australian Migration law and practice

  • Graduate diploma of legal Practice

  • Juris Doctor

  • Bachelor of Criminology

Kay

  • Supreme Court of NSW 2007

  • Supreme Court of WA 2007

  • High Court of Australia 2007

Christina

  • Supreme Court of WA 2014

  • High Court Australia

When Kay is not busy lawyering, she loves spending time with her family, working out and sharing a laugh with her nearest and dearest over a cocktail or two.

Outside of work, Christina enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She enjoys hosting events, entertaining and watching crime shows.  

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