- Dr Kelly Purser
- Senior Lecturer
Faculty of Law,
- Discipline *
- Law, Other Law and Legal Studies
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- Identifiers and profiles
PhD (University of New England), Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours) (University of New England)
- Professional memberships
- Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP)
- STEP Mental Capacity Global Special Interest Group Steering Committee
- Queensland Law Society (QLS)
- QLS Succession Law Committee
- Australasian Law Teachers Association
- Formerly admitted to practice as a legal practitioner, Queensland and New South Wales (2004)
Capacity, Capacity Assessment, Decision-Making, Testamentary Capacity, Succession, Enduring Powers of Attorney, Elder Law, Estate Planning, Equity and Trusts, ACHLR
Dr Purser joined the Queensland University of Technology in 2011. She is an active member of the Australian Centre for Health Law Research. Prior to this, she was in practice before receiving an Australian Postgraduate Award to undertake her doctoral studies exploring capacity assessment in the context of wills, enduring powers of attorney and advance health directives.
Dr Purser’s research focuses primarily on capacity assessment and the intersection between legal and health professionals involved in the assessment of capacity, access to justice where there has been an abuse of enduring documents, elder law, ageing, estate planning, succession law, as well as trusts and equity. She has both published and presented nationally as well as internationally. Her book on capacity assessment, Capacity Assessment and the Law: Problems and Solutions, was published in 2017.
She has received seed funding to explore individual experiences of capacity assessments, and elder abuse. Dr Purser was part of a team who received funding from ADA Australia to explore access to justice for (alleged) victims of abuse of an enduring power of attorney.
Dr Purser runs the undergraduate succession law unit. She teaches into the equity and trusts and dispute resolution units. She runs the estate planning and elder law masters units.
She was admitted as a solicitor in 2004 in Queensland and New South Wales. When in practice she worked in a variety of areas, specialising in estate planning. She retains strong ties to the legal community and is a member of the Succession Law Committee of the Queensland Law Society.
- LLB205 Equity and Trusts
- LLB346 Succession
- LLB103 Alternative Dispute Resolution
- LWN195 Elder Law
- LWN083 Estate Planning
- Purser KJ, (2017) Capacity assessment and the law: Problems and solutions p1-202
- Purser KJ, Cockburn TL, Cross CA, Jacmon H, (2018) Alleged financial abuse of those under an enduring power of attorney: An exploratory study, The British Journal of Social Work p887-905
- Purser KJ, Rosenfeld T, (2016) Too ill to will? Deathbed wills: assessing testamentary capacity near the end of life, Age and Ageing p334-336
- Purser KJ, Magner ES, Madison J, (2015) A therapeutic approach to assessing legal capacity in Australia, International Journal of Law and Psychiatry p18-28
- Purser KJ, Rosenfeld T, (2015) Assessing testamentary and decision-making capacity: Approaches and models, Journal of Law and Medicine p121-136
- Purser KJ, (2015) Assessing testamentary capacity in the 21st Century: Is Banks v Goodfellow still relevant?, University of New South Wales Law Journal p854-879
- White BP, Tilse CF, Wilson J, Rosenman L, Purser KJ, Coe SM, (2015) Estate contestation in Australia: An empirical study of a year of case law, University of New South Wales Law Journal p880-910
- Purser KJ, Rosenfeld T, (2014) Evaluation of legal capacity by doctors and lawyers: the need for collaborative assessment, Medical Journal of Australia p483-485
- Purser KJ, (2014) Testamentary and decision-making capacity assessment in Australia, Journal of International Ageing, Law and Policy p73-109
- Purser KJ, Magner ES, Madison J, (2009) Competency and capacity: The legal and medical interface, Journal of Law and Medicine p789-802
For more publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.