Hi, I’m Zinta Harris,
Founder of Resolve Estate Law (Formerly Harris Law)
My vision is for families who are experiencing deep grief following the loss of a loved one, to have the process of finalising their estate made calmer and simpler, so they don’t have to experience further distress.
Why the calmest way forward matters
20 years ago, my very first case was a bitter estate battle that ended in court.
I saw first-hand how fighting over money completely destroyed a family and left a hard earned inheritance in tatters after paying huge legal bills. That galled me and it galled my client, and it set me on a path to find a better way to help grieving families deal with the fallout after the loss of a loved one.
Even where there is no dispute over the estate, knowing what to do (or what not to do) next can be overwhelming following the loss a loved one. Having access to calm and caring guidance can put your mind at ease and lift an administration burden at a time when you need it most.
In the last two decades, I have helped steer dozens of complex and bitter estate battles to resolution without going to court.
But in many cases, settlements were reached at a late stage in the process when the damage had already been done, financially and relationally. My frustration with late-stage court required mediations left me feeling as though there must be a better way – since it all seemed too little, too late. Family units were by then beyond repair and negotiations were limited to horse-trading just to stop the costs bleed. An opportunity to reach settlement better suited to individual needs had been lost in a sea of legal letters.
Now, where possible with my contested estate clients, I try to take a collaborative approach.
This means that lawyers, financial advisors and communication coaches work together to help parties resolve their estate dispute to best meet individual needs by cooperating peacefully and respectfully in order to stay out of court to avoid extra stress and expense. I also train other lawyers to do the same, with the hope that I can teach the “next generation” of contested estates lawyers a more effective and compassionate approach.
For all of my estate clients who are managing grief while trying to manage an estate, I encourage taking a holistic approach to find the pathway forward that works best for each client. For some, that will mean, handing over the burden of the estate administration and seeking guidance from grief counsellors and financial planners to navigate their forever altered “new normal”. For others, being empowered to take on the estate administration is what helps them to move forward.
To learn more you can read my book
Rest in Peace: How to manage an estate dispute without inheriting heartache.
If you have ever been blindsided by an unexpected event – you will know what it feels like to have your life as you know it, utterly shattered.
When I travelled to Japan a few years ago I learned about the ancient Japanese art form called “Kintsugi” which repairs broken pieces at the seams with gold.
This art form celebrates the unique story of each piece by emphasizing its fractures and breaks instead of hiding or disguising them. It makes the repaired piece even more beautiful than the original.
What a beautiful analogy this is for our life whenever we feel shattered – it speaks of how we can choose to salvage what is precious, how we can see beauty in the broken and imperfect, how we can own our scars and still function, how we can fill the spaces where broken pieces have gone missing or learn to live on despite our missing pieces. And perhaps most importantly that the process will take significant time.
You will see the use of Kintsugi elements on this website as an acknowledgement of the resilience of each of my clients.
Meet the Team
Zinta Harris is a Brisbane-based Accredited Succession Law & Business Law Specialist, Collaborative Lawyer, and Mediator, Owner Resolve Estate Law (formerly Harris Law).
Zinta Harris is the owner of a boutique specialist estates law firm, Resolve Estate Law. Zinta is passionate about brokering peaceful resolutions to family disputes over inheritance so that “family wars” are avoided.
After over 20 years practising as a wills and estates lawyer, Zinta has seen firsthand the impact of estate battles on hundreds of families. She now specialises in helping grieving families stay out of Court and work together to reach an early resolution to their estate dispute.
Zinta is passionate about helping those in grief to navigate the estate administration process in a calm, caring and efficient way. She has developed fixed fee estate administration packages to help clients manage simple matters easily. Zinta also holds a specialist business accreditation which means she is qualified to resolve even the most complex administrations.
Zinta Harris is the author of the book “Rest in Peace – how to manage an estate dispute without inheriting heartache.” She also writes the popular blog “Catching the Curveball” which provides regular commentary on issues relating to grief, loss, estates law, family, parenting, love and life.
Concettina Verma is a Brisbane-based solicitor with a Bachelor of Law and Bachelor of Business from Queensland University of Technology and a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice.
Concettina has been part of the Resolve Estate Law family for over 8 years. What started as an internship while she was still completing her law degree all the way back in 2011 grew into her being offered a formal position in 2013 when she graduated and was admitted to practice as a Solicitor two years later. Now we can’t imagine life without her as part of the team.
Concettina is equally passionate about helping families resolve disputes and manage complex administrations as peacefully, calmly and respectfully as possible.
Outside of work, she co-owns popular Coorparoo cafe ‘Ave’ Cucina & Coffee Bar’ with her husband and sister. This gives her a unique perspective when speaking to clients who own, or find themselves having to manage a small business.
My friends don’t believe a Solicitor could have such a kind heart, thanks for proving them wrong...
Thank you so very much for everything you have done for me over a relatively short time. You must have worked with a wonderful, caring attitude and great commitment. Your beautiful personality and dedication to your career were always evident and I sincerely offer my thanks for your hard work and your kindness to me during a stressful time.”
— A.L, Brisbane
Had I chosen a different law firm, I am unsure if we would have had the same successful outcome.
Zinta Harris’ knowledge, and that of her team, is outstanding. Their empathy, understanding and reassurance is second to none. This made an extremely stressful period of my life, certainly a lot more manageable. Once the estate matters were resolved, the sense of relief was incredible.”
— N.J, Contested Estate Client, Brisbane
Zinta and her team are the ultimate professionals who shared my pain, expertly, calmly and gently guiding me through an otherwise complicated and unkind process.
I have not needed to ever engage a lawyer, so I didn’t know what I didn’t know. I had not lost someone close to me before. I was heart broken and limping along in all facets of my life. Zinta helped me navigate several complex legal issues, including avoiding probate, which several other professionals said simply couldn’t be done.”
— T. C, Estate Administration Client, Brisbane
Zinta, Concettina and Nanci have kept me sane, helped me stay focused, allowed me to feel comfortable enough to be myself, laugh and be part of their small family.
As raw as the timing was I felt comfortable, at ease and confident discussing every detail of my and my husband’s lives together, business, personal and previous marriages. There were no false promises, she gave me the worst case scenario and then built on what we could achieve.”
— S. B, Brisbane Contested Estate Client
How can we help you?
to estate disputes
Family members and I are disagreeing over an estate.
I would like to resolve things as calmly and cost effectively as possible.
I’ve been named an estate executor or there is no will.
What do I do now?