David Cossalter – Partner
David began working as a lawyer for GMP Contesting Wills Lawyers upon completion of his Master of Law and Legal Practice Degree in 2007. He has previously worked for the major commercial law firms and after identifying how profit driven these firms were, David came to GMP Contesting Wills Lawyers with the knowledge that as a client based firm it aims at ensuring the client receives maximum benefit from their lawyer and representing firm.
David is a strong negotiator who will put every effort in the endeavour to settle your will dispute prior to court proceedings, but he also thrives in a court room ready to ensure client’s rights are pursued when negotiations do not succeed.
David’s professional focus, drive and interest is founded in Family Provisions claims and Contesting of Wills. David derives satisfaction from obtaining a result for children or family members who have unfairly been cut out of a Will.
David has an exceptional settlement record in contesting wills and has obtained results exceeding the expectations of clients in both NSW and QLD.
Among the many cases that David has handled an example that he recalls with satisfaction is where a child of a deceased was allowed to live in a house rent free for the remainder of her life, however no provision was made for her wellbeing and being on a pension such a provision was essential. The net value of the estate was approximately $1,200,000.00. After discussions with the estate and the other beneficiaries David was able to secure his client a 1/3 share of the net value of the estate, being approximately $400,000.00.
Another notable matter is where 3 siblings were left out of the Will of their abusive father, whom left all funds to the RSPCA and Salvation Army. After the commencement of proceedings and lengthy settlement discussions, keeping in mind that the clients did not want to take too much money away from the charities, David was able to secure the clients $100,000.00 each from an estate that had a net worth of $800,000.00.
In his time at GMP Contesting Wills Lawyers David has become the senior lawyer dealing with Family Provisions and Contesting of Wills cases.
“I like to ensure that those who are in need receive what they deserve, I do not like dealing with claims that are merely pursued to obtain funds from the estate. If a person is in need or disadvantaged because they have been left out of a Will, I will do everything in my power to fight for them.”
This view is a key belief within GMP Contesting Wills Lawyers and is in line with the firms undertaking to fight for the disadvantaged and not to pursue frivolous claims.
David is also fluent in Italian and should you have difficulty with English, David is able to assist you in understanding the complex nature of your claim.
On a personal note, David enjoys travelling, playing poker with friends, good dining and Football (Soccer).